Strong winds overnight from Thursday March 21st and through today (Friday) mean cancellations and disruption warnings on island ferry services.

All sailings between Tarbert and Uig on Friday 22nd March have been cancelled with an amended timetable scheduled to operate on Saturday 23rd March.

Ferries to Castlebay have also been cancelled, and warnings of disruption exist for the Sound of Harris and Sound of Barra services - with the 1300 from Eriskay leaving at 1200 today (Friday 22nd March)

The 3am freight sailing from Ullapool and 7am passenger sailing departing Stornoway are both cancelled and CalMac warn of likely disruption to other services through the day on Friday.

A flood warning has been issued by SEPA, who said: “High spring tides, accompanied by a surge and large waves give a risk of coastal flooding during Friday. Most at risk are isolated properties, roads and causeways in exposed westerly locations. The greatest risk is around the time of high water, which is at 0730 in Stornoway.”

The social media page Western Isles Weather has assessed the risk as ‘fairly significant’ with a 5.3 metre high tide combined with the strong winds. Weatherman Richard Cooke said: “This may not just be an issue along causeways. We have had flooding in town in the past. This has the potential to be a little more impactful then what we are used to with coastal flooding.

You can keep an eye on the current weather situation at https://www.facebook.com/WesternIslesWeather/