The Met Office has renewed and updated its warning of ‘very strong winds’ coming in across the north-west of Scotland during Monday (3 February) and lasting well into Tuesday.
The gale warning affects not only the whole of the Western Isles but all of Scotland, and is expected to lead to widespread travel disruption.
Loganair has offered customers scheduled to fly on Monday or Tuesday the option to change their flights for any time up to February 11 if their journey involves Stornoway, Benbecula or Barra airport.
A social media statement yesterday (Saturday 1 February) said: “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.”
Meanwhile CalMac is beginning to put in place cancellations across the network, with all services between Oban and Castlebay cancelled tomorrow and the service across the Sound of Barra suspended at least until a review at 2pm tomorrow.
An amended timetable is operating on the Uig, Tarbert, Lochmaddy triangle and the 2pm service from Uig to Tarbert has been cancelled. All sailings to and from Lochboisdale have also been cancelled for the day on Monday.
And a yellow ‘be aware’ notice has been posted on the Stornoway Ullapool service, warning of possible disruption to the passenger and freight services throughout Monday.
The Met Office updated the yellow warning of strong winds yesterday morning (Saturday) to alter the time-span of expected impact, which is now between 12 noon on Monday and 9am on Tuesday.
The forecast said: “A spell of very strong winds will affect much of Scotland from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. The strongest winds will likely be across exposed parts of the northwest on Monday afternoon and evening, where gusts of 55-65mph are widely expected, with the potential for 70-80mph gusts in more exposed parts such as the Hebrides.”
Winds are expected to move south-eastwards later in the day before subsiding during Monday.