Storm Hector is expected to hit Scotland’s west coast overnight causing widespread disruption to ferry services, operator CalMac has warned.

Ferry services to Castlebay and Ardmhor on Barra have already been disrupted while ferries between Lochboisdale, Mallaig and Armadale also face warnings of delay or cancellation.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of tomorrow (Thursday June 4th) before moving up through the Inner and Outer Hebrides throughout tomorrow morning.  The UK Met Office has revised its warning to run between 03:00 and 15:00 on Thursday June 14. It stated at 4pm today: "Storm Hector will bring a spell of very windy weather on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely."

CalMac’s Director of Service Delivery, David Gibson said: ‘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 as the latest information becomes available.

‘With such a broad forecast it is difficult to pin down individual routes that will be affected the most, however, we expect significant disruption tomorrow morning>"

The Met forecast is for winds to die down moving into Thursday afternoon.  But, added David:  ‘Even though winds weaken over the course of tomorrow there is every chance that vessels will be out of position resulting in a disruption knock on effect for the rest of the day. I would urge people to check the latest service status before they travel and also consider signing up for our text alert service."

Latest service information is available at calmac.co.uk and on twitter @calmac_updates