It has been very windy already last night with ferries being cancelled this morning, there was some minor damage on Islay I've been told. The highest wind gust was 74Mph at Islay Airport around midnight, fortunately not as strong as the Outer Hebrides where a 113Mph wind gust was recorded at Stornoway on Lewis.
During a lull in the storm there were some ferries sailing later this morning and this afternoon but with a second storm approaching the wind will pick up again tonight and it will last well into next week before the wind will ease below 30Mph. This means that travel disruptions are very likely. Below is the information Calmac sent out this afternoon:
Saturday 10 January 2015
Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions (WLY Gales in excess of 50 knots) the 07:00hrs sailing from Kennacraig tomorrow and the 09:45hrs sailing from Islay (Port Ellen) have been cancelled. A review will be made at 10:00hrs tomorrow with regards the 13:00hrs sailing from Kennacraig and the remainder of the days sailings.
Sunday 11 & Monday 12 January 2015
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions / forecast of WLY Gales for the next few days this service is liable to disruption / cancellation.
I have included a video from Michael Fish (netweather.tv) with a Roller Coaster forecast for the week ahead. Interesting stuff if you like some wild weather, less so for those with travel plans!