The gale force winds forecast for tomorrow have now officially been named as the first storm of the season, Storm Ali.

An updated Met Office weather warning at 10am today (Tuesday September 18th) covers the period from Wednesday (September 19th) between 6am and 10pm.

Updating the information to include the new storm name, it warns of a moderate likelihood of high impacts, saying:

“Strong winds will… extend across many parts of Scotland. For some exposed areas, in particular parts of western Scotland, gusts could reach in excess of 75 mph in places.

"The gusty winds will be accompanied in places by heavy, squally showers, making driving conditions difficult.

"The winds will gradually ease later on Wednesday, firstly across Northern Ireland, northwest Wales and northern England and then across Scotland.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar says that all public and school buses will run as normal tomorrow and it is anticipated that all schools will be open, including Sir E Scott School in Harris.

Precautionary measures are being taken in Tarbert and assessments of the hillside conditions will continue today and tomorrow with the further rainfall expected.  Further updates on services will be given on the Comhairle’s website and social media channels, where appropriate.