Braighe closed - latest

Stornoway Police have instructed that the Braighe causeway is closed as of 9.50am, with spray and debris thrown across the carriageway. High tide is at 10.26am.

Police and Coastguard teams are on site monitoring conditions. No convoy system will be operated following the closure so the road will have to be completely clear of debris before it re-opens to traffic.

Power out in South Uist

South Uist is feeling the first impacts of a period of what Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) calls “a period of unsettled weather”.

Reported damage to one of the overhead power connectors has led to 179 customers in the Loch Carnan area losing power just before 9am today (Friday 14 February). Two teams of engineers are on site but have not yet identified the fault. Nevertheless, they are expecting to restore supply to all households by 12 noon.

During Storm Dennis, SSEN's current forecast predicts heavy rain and wind gusts in excess of 70mph forecast. SSEN would like to reassure its customers it is well prepared to respond to the impact of Storm Dennis on the electricity network and is asking anyone concerned about the potential disruption to supplies, particularly those who may need extra support during a power cut, to call its teams on 105.

New storm, new chaos

A host of ferry cancellations are following the impact of Storm Dennis this morning (Friday February 14th).

And customers of the Veggie Box fresh fuit and vegetable stall in Stornoway this morning were told: "Due to the adverse weather conditions we were unable to set up the stall in Perceval Square this morning.

"However, we will be running the stall from 2c Clintons Yard.  We will be monitoring the weather conditions and if possible set up the stall round about 10am, if unable to do so due to the weather we will continue to run the stall from 2c Clintons Yard.

"If you are picking up your order can you please let us know where we can meet you and time or you can pick up your order from 2c Clintons Yard.  Any queries please contact me on 07771 645238," says stallholder Iona Ferguson.

All ferries in the Outer Hebrides face disruption, CalMac Ferries warn.   Already cancelled are the first ferries across the Sound of Harris and the Sound of Barra; services out of Lochboisdale; and services between Oban and Castlebay.  The Stornoway to Ullapool ferry left early this morning to try to beat the worst of the storm.  Ferries to North Uist are being delayed by several hours, so services from Tarbert will also be delayed at least two hours.

The Met Office said a statement issued on Tuesday (11 February): “Storm Dennis will bring heavy rain and widespread strong winds to many parts of the UK on Saturday and Sunday, though the impacts are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara last weekend.

"The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.”

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm."