Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have issued advice for the coming days, with Storm Barbara getting ever closer.

Anyone looking to change a booking on a Flybe flight with Loganair on 23rd or 24th December, for which they already hold a reservation to travel, are asked to check seat availability on their desired alternative on preceding days at www.flybe.com, then to give Loganair a call on 0344 800 2855 with a booking reference.

Ferry services are very likely to be disrupted on Friday 23rd and possibly Saturday 24th December.

Bus services are expected to continue as normal throughout Thursday 22nd December, however, there is likely to be disruption to services on Friday 23rd December.

The public are advised to travel with care. CnES Roads and Police will be monitoring all causeways.

The public are advised to secure any loose debris. The construction industry is advised to secure scaffolding and any lose items on building sites.

The Comhairle would ask family, neighbours and friends living nearby to assist and support elderly and vulnerable people.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding members of the public to take extra care if using candles during any power cuts which occur due to winter storms. In the event of a loss of 999 services, all fire stations will be manned by emergency services.

SSE is on alert and has put in place its contingency plans to deal with any damage the storm may cause to the electricity network. Any customers who lose their electricity supply are urged to contact SSE on 105 to report damage or highlight neighbours or friends who may need extra help.

All services are subject to further disruption and a final update for this weekend, will be given at lunchtime tomorrow.

Updates will be provided via the Public Information section of the Comhairle’s website at:

CNES Public Notices

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