Trav­ellers put on alert over Hec­tor

Weather: High winds pre­dicted

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JAMIE MCKEN­ZIE

Trav­ellers and res­i­dents across the north are be­ing warned of po­ten­tial ma­jor dis­rup­tion to­day as Storm Hec­tor sweeps in from the At­lantic.

The Met Of­fice has is­sued a yel­low “be aware” weather warn­ing which is ex­pected to last be­tween 3am and 3pm, with a low risk of power cuts and dam­age to build­ings.

Met Of­fice spokes­woman Nicola Maxey said there will be winds of up to 60mph af­fect­ing the High­lands, Mo­ray and Aberdeen, with “iso­lated gusts” of 70mph in more ex­posed ar­eas such as the Western Isles.

She warned the “un­usual” weather for this time of year could have a po­ten­tially big­ger im­pact in June when more peo­ple are more likely to be tow­ing car­a­vans, hill walk­ing and camp­ing, and when trees are in full leaf and more likely to be blown down.

Net­work Rail Scot­land said their teams would be check­ing drains and pipes and tun­nels car­ry­ing streams un­der the rail­way at flood-prone lo­ca­tions. Rapid response teams are also on standby.

Traf­fic Scot­land also posted a warn­ing on Twit­ter that bridges could be sub­ject to re­stric­tions or­clo­sures.

A num­ber of CalMac Fer­ries are ex­pected to suf­fer dis­rup­tion or can­cel­la­tions to­day. Direc­tor of ser­vice de­liv­ery, David Gibson, said it is dif­fi­cult to pin down which routes will be af­fected but that they ex­pect “sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion” in the morn­ing.

He added: “As al­ways when stormy weather is fore­cast, peo­ple should check their travel ar­range­ments be­fore leav­ing the house. Our web­site and so­cial me­dia feeds will be up­dated con­stantly.”

Most of the 28 CalMac ferry ser­vices to the is­lands were ei­ther dis­rupted or can­celled yes­ter­day as the winds and tidal swells picked up.

NorthLink Fer­ries also said that sail­ings across the Pent­land Firth could be dis­rupted. Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, the 11am and 4.45pm de­par­tures from Strom­ness and 1.15pm and 7pm de­par­tures from Scrab­ster are un­der re­view.

“Peo­ple should check their travel ar­rangem­tents be­fore leav­ing”

WARN­ING: The Met Of­fice has is­sued a yel­low alert ahead of Storm Hec­tor

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