Storm Ali ar­rives in Mid Ar­gyll

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The much-her­alded Storm Ali ar­rived on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 19.

The Met Of­fice re­ported Storm Ali bring­ing 80mph winds and heavy show­ers in from Ire­land.

In wake of re­cent hur­ri­cane news, com­mu­ni­ties were brac­ing them­selves for cat­a­strophic weather but, in Lochgilp­head at least, we seemed to be shel­tered from it.

Aside from a few thun­der storms through the evening of Tues­day Septem­ber 18, the wind stayed force­ful but tol­er­a­ble and the rain was no more than we are used to.

The light­ning made for some amaz­ing pho­to­graphs and the thun­der may have shaken our core, but thun­der does not de­stroy homes.

At 10.30am all fer­ries to and from Por­tavadie were can­celled, as were fer­ries to Tiree from Oban. Is­lay’s bins were aban­doned with no one able to catch a ferry to re­trieve them, but no roads were closed, de­spite the ru­mours, as the only fallen branches were quickly cleared.

Storm Ali is only the first of the sea­son, how­ever, and there may be more be­fore long.

James MacLach­lan cap­tured Tues­day night’s storm out­side his home in Ar­dr­ishaig.

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