Warn­ings for driv­ers and fer­ries can­celled in winds

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Winds gust­ing up to 70mph swept across the High­lands and is­lands yes­ter­day, with driv­ers warned to take ex­tra care on ex­posed routes.

The tail end of Hur­ri­cane Maria hit the UK in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

Sev­eral CalMac ferry cross­ings were can­celled, while other ser­vices re­mained li­able to dis­rup­tion, and high wind warn­ings were is­sued to mo­torists us­ing the Skye and Dornoch bridges.

Only eight res­i­dents were left with­out elec­tric­ity – for just un­der two hours – when the storm brought down a power ca­ble.

Ferry ser­vices on the west coast were the main ca­su­alty of the gale-force winds with cross­ings from Mal­laig to both Skye and Lochbois­dale can­celled. The ser­vices from Ul­lapool to Stornoway and from Oban to Castle­bay on Barra as well as the cross­ings to Coll, Tiree, Colon­say, Port Askaig and Ken­nacraig were also can­celled. Other sail­ings were on yel­low alert, mean­ing they could be dis­rupted or can­celled at short no­tice be­cause of the weather con­di­tions.

Be­cause of the wind dis­rup­tion, the sail­ings from Lochbois­dale have also been amended to­day.

A spokes­woman for en­ergy sup­plier SSE said that just eight cus­tomers liv­ing in Er­ro­gie in In­ver­nesshire lost power.

The Met Of­fice said: “A swathe of gale-force winds crossed many north­ern parts of the UK on Mon­day. Gusts of 50-60 mph de­vel­oped, with gusts of 70mph over parts of north­ern and western Scot­land and more lo­cally over high ground else­where.”

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