Warnings for drivers and ferries cancelled in winds
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.”