Calmac issued the following press release: With the arrival of Storm Henry, adverse weather conditions are predicted to affect Scotland's west coast and Caledonian MacBrayne is advising passengers to check ahead on the company's website, social media feeds or app for disruptions across the network. Gusts in excess of 70mph are forecast for many areas across the 200-mile network.
"Storm Henry is set to present significant operational challenges," said CalMac's Operations General Manager Ross Moran. "As with any adverse weather, we would ask passengers to consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary and to regularly check for route disruptions across the network. Our website, Twitter and app all provide continuously updated travel information - our customer services team keeps these channels absolutely current and they all provide the best and latest details of our operations. "We are committed to working as hard as possible to deliver optimal service cover, but with such adverse conditions predicted, widespread disruption is likely."
Despite the tail end of Storm Gertrude continuing to deliver difficult conditions yesterday (Saturday), Caledonian MacBrayne's crews battled the elements to run 260 sailings from a scheduled 373 - a total of 69.7 per cent. With a brief lull in the weather today (Sunday), CalMac has delivered additional or amended sailings to Barra, South Uist, Coll, Tiree and Colonsay in an effort to keep these communities connected.
Update 3pm: With the adverse weather forecast for Monday 1 February ALL Sailings are now cancelled on the Islay Service
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