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The Western Isles are no longer in the immediate path of Storm Agnes, which was beginning to hit southwest Ireland this morning (Wednesday 27 September).

But impact from the fringes of the storm will still be enough to disrupt travel and bring hazardous conditions later today, according to emergency services.

Strong winds and heavy rain will move northeast across the islands, reaching their peak after 4pm today.

The Met Office has this morning updated their weather warning, with northwest Scotland and the islands now outside the main path of the storm, based on what they call ‘increased confidence in the track of Agnes.’

Their forecasts still have heavy rain and strong winds predicted for the Western Isles, and CalMac expects gusts of 50mph to affect ferry services.

The connection between Harris and the Uists will be severed at lunchtime with the cancellation of Sound of Harris ferries, beginning with the 1.20pm sailing from Berneray and continuing through the whole of Thursday.

The MV Isle of Lewis is on passage back to Castlebay and is expected to tie up there at 2pm, and MV Clansman will not make the crossing to Castlebay via Tiree and Coll.

Other services to and from the Western Isles are liable to disruption today and tomorrow.

Police Scotland’s Highlands and Islands division is advising motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys, ensuring their vehicle is prepared for the conditions with sufficient fuel, warm clothing, food, water and a charged mobile phone in case of any delays.

The images show the expected path of the storm today and rainfall projection for 4pm (Met Office).