Ex­treme winds likely to cause travel chaos

Weather: Trans­port and power at risk as ‘se­vere’ alert is­sued

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY CHRIS JAFFRAY

Peo­ple trav­el­ling in the north and north-east of Scot­land today are likely to ex­pe­ri­ence de­lays due to ex­tremely windy weather.

The Met Of­fice has placed a yel­low “se­vere” weather warn­ing across much of the coun­try, which in­cludes Grampian, Orkney and Shet­land, the High­lands and the Western Isles.

Power sup­plies as well as trans­port ser­vices could be af­fected.

A state­ment said: “Strong west or north-west winds are likely to af­fect north­ern ar­eas of the UK on Mon­day.

“Some de­lays to road, rail, air and ferry trans­port are likely. Some bus and train jour­neys may be af­fected with some jour­neys tak­ing longer.

“Some short-term in­ter­rup­tions to power sup­plies are also pos­si­ble.”

The book­ies be­lieve there is ev­ery chance this Oc­to­ber could be the wettest one on record. Coral has cut the odds on this pos­si­bil­ity from 2/1 from 4/1, fol­low­ing a flurry of bets.

Last night, a Met Of­fice spokesman de­scribed the tem­pes­tu­ous con­di­tions as the “first taste of au­tumn”.

He said: “The cold­est part of the north and north­east yes­ter­day was Brae­mar where tem­per­a­tures reached -1.4C.

“We had gusts of 49mph at Aberdeen air­port and 54mph on South Uist.

“It is go­ing to be a windy week, and today we ex­pect gusts of up to 60mph in Caith­ness and Suther­land as well as in Orkney and Shet­land in the af­ter­noon and the evening.

“It will be­come less windy on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, but there will still be fre­quent show­ers.”

How­ever, fore­cast­ers added that many parts of the coun­try are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence dry and bright weather, once the ar­eas of low pres­sure clear away to­wards the end of this week.

A num­ber of Western Isles fer­ries are storm­bound in har­bour for the sec­ond day run­ning, due to wild seas and se­vere weather.

A force nine gale with 6070mph gusts has been bat­ter­ing the west coast and He­brides. Ferry op­er­a­tor Cal Mac said the MV Lord of the Isles will re­main at Lochbois­dale un­til at least to­mor­row morn­ing.

The Barra to Oban timetable will not op­er­ate with the MV Isle of Lewis re­main­ing berthed in Castle­bay. The two in­ter­is­land fer­ries did not go to sea yes­ter­day and today’s timetable faces dis­rup­tion or can­cel­la­tion.

The Skye to Lochmaddy and Tar­bert sail­ings ran up to three hours be­hind sched­ule yes­ter­day be­cause of tem­pes­tu­ous con­di­tions.

HIT AND MIST: Rain-soaked run­ners cross the M8 Kingston Bridge dur­ing the Great Scot­tish Run in dre­ich con­di­tions yes­ter­day

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