Met office updates Friday storm warning

The Met Office have updated their yellow ‘be aware’ warning for strong winds on Friday (October 12th), warning of a currently low threat of medium to high impacts from the storm.

Between 5am and midnight on Friday, windy weather is expected, with the potential to cause travel disruption, power and phone service cuts.

There’s also a small chance of injuries and danger to life, according to the Met Office, from flying debris, large waves and beach material being blown onto coastal roads and properties.

The chief forecaster said at 11.18 this morning (Tuesday 9th October) “Gusts 50 to 60 mph are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 mph around exposed coasts and hills. High tides are also near their peak, heightening the risk of coastal impacts due to large waves. There is a chance of gusts over 80 mph in the Western Isles during the afternoon and evening. The strongest winds are expected across eastern areas of Northern Ireland during the early morning followed by Scotland from late morning onward.”

Western Isles Emergency Planning Group is expected to meet on Thursday to discuss any actions needed ahead of the weather.

Loganair ‘amnesty’ as travel chaos looms
Loganair are offering the chance to change flights to anyone booked for travel on Friday (October 12th), ahead of forecast storm force winds.
The offer comes amid concern about possible travel disruption to flights and ferries, coinciding with the annual getaway for October half-term
and families heading for the mainland to participate in the Royal National Mòd.
Loganair yesterday (Monday October 8th) said high winds may lead to some flights being disrupted on Friday October 12th, so anyone booked to travel that day can choose to re-book on an alternative flight at any time within the seven days until Monday (Oct 15th).  
A social media statement said: “There will be no change fee or difference in fare payable – if there is a seat available on an earlier or later flight, you can transfer your booking to that flight without
charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
“If you wish to change flight, please check seat availability at www.loganair.co.uk, then give us a call on 0344 800 2855 with your  booking reference handy so that we can confirm your booking on your preferred alternative flight.
“If you choose to remain with your original travel plans, please rest assured that we will do everything that we safely can to fly you to your
intended destination as close to the scheduled time as possible. 
"We are continuing to plan to fly all our scheduled services, and we have standby aircraft and crews in place to help recover any disrupted  services as soon as reasonably possible once weather conditions permit.”
Loganair’s offer covers only their own flights and does not include any onward travel arrangements with other carriers.

CalMac Ferries booking system going off-line

Passengers with CalMac are being advised to rebook from Friday back into Thursday and are being told no new bookings are being taken for Thursday sailings whilst rebookings are accommodated.

In addition,  the online reservations service will be unavailable for a day from 6pm today (Tuesday 9th October).

The system shutdown is due to a planned period of essential maintenance.

Up until 6pm on Wednesday customers will not be able to make or amend a reservation through the contact centre or in ports. 

Online reservations will also be unavailable, although tickets for immediate travel can still be bought at port offices during that time. 

A statement on the company’s website said: “The upgrade is necessary to improve the reliability and robustness of our servers. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.”

Below is today's detailed outlook from XC Weather - https://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/stornoway