Islay was well represented in some of the national media today and yesterday due the storm and for other reasons. First some reports about the storm that hit Britain last night and today: The Evening Times: The storm was the strongest in the south of England where winds of more than 80mph brought down trees, damaged houses and left 5500 people without electricity today. Scotland was also hit by winds and snowstorms. The highest gusts were 57mph in Machrihanish, which is south of Kennacraig in Argyll. (Photo by James Stephens from Pembrokeshire)
The Scotsman reports: Caledonian MacBrayne said that ferry services between Colintraive and Rhubodach and connections between the mainland and the islands of Arran and Islay were hit by disruption. The BBC also reports about the disrupted Islay Ferry and the problems the storm caused. In the meanwhile the ferries are back on their normal schedule. However the bad weather isn't over yet, the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 March as well.
The Guardian writes about Scotland's ultimate refreshment tour being a distillery tour. This is what they write about Islay: Drive south and find, after a ferry ride, in Islay, the Caol Ila distillery. Best site for a distillery in the whole of the world. Gulls and waves cheer your arrival. It would be a tragedy if the whisky was not concomitantly up to knock. Happily, it is. The best whisky in the world, although Ardbeg frequently comes up on the rails.
The Temple Daily Telegram, an American Newspaper from the state of Texas, published a tragic account of the loss of some of their locals with the Lusitania and the Tuscania in the first World War. "Nine decades ago this month, when the U.S. was in another war, the conflict came home to Temple in very personal ways. And, for some families, the dreadful story would not have closure until two years later. Temple experienced several losses from the very beginning: Thomas J. Silva, 26, died on the Lusitania when a German submarine torpedoed it on May 7, 1915. Among those who also died on the Tuscania was Norman G. Crocker of Center, a private with 20th Engineer, 6th Battalion, Company D. Crocker was the first Texas A&M alumnus to die in the war. Crocker Residence Hall bears his name."