An interesting article, or call it a horror story, appeared in the Caledonian Mercury tonight with a detailed description of the storm that has hit Islay in the early hours of Tuesday morning. A few quotes from the article written by Hamish Macdonell:
No email, no texts, no mobile phone coverage, no heat, no electric light, no power â€“ it was like being back in the 1970s during the three-day week. The storm tore into Islay at 5:20am on Tuesday. By 5:30am we had lost our electricity supply and we didnâ€™t get it back for another 53 hours.
On Tuesday morning, I drove down the main street in Port Ellen and it was as if the road had been paved with broken house slates which had rained down over the tarmac from all sides. The storm was preceded by such a deluge of rain that the ground everywhere had been turned to mud. Apparently, this was one of the reasons so many trees were torn up and thrown about â€“ because there was nothing firm for the roots to hold on to.
One of the most extraordinary aspects, though, was the speed with which the storm passed over the island. Islay is relatively flat and the weather doesnâ€™t tend to linger very long. But the wind barrelled in at 5:20am and was gone by 6:30am. Lying in bed, it sounded like the sea had risen up from the shore some half a mile away and was crashing against the house â€“ then it was gone, leaving months of repair work and fixing in its wake.