According to MacNeil Coaches in Barra on Twitter: "Given the forecast storm conditions for tomorrow, Monday, 13th January 2020 ALL Public Service Bus and School runs have been cancelled. Similarly no buses services will be operated in Uist by DA Travel, and in Lochs, Harris and Ness areas operated by Lochs Motor Transport, MacDonald Coaches, South Harris Coaches and Hebridean Minibus Services. It is anticipated all bus services in the Western Isles will be cancelled."
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar say it is anticipated that the Bràighe causeway between Point and Sandwick will be shut around tomorrow’s high tides at 08.23hrs and at 21.00hrs due to high waves and strong southerly to southwesterly winds.
"Please take care and drive to the conditions. Further updates will be provided," they say.
Eddy "Weather" Graham has warned about the storm on Twitter. "With a +5.00m astronomical tide on next Tuesday, plus up to another +80cm from the extreme low (regardless of wind), one would continue to hope this 937mb monster stays well offshore."
A large Atlantic low pressure system, named Storm Brendan by the Irish meteorological service Met Éireann, will sweep eastwards across Ireland early on Monday, bringing very strong winds to many parts of the UK.
The following CalMac ferry services for Monday have been CANCELLED:
- Castlebay – Oban all services
- Uig – Tarbert all services
- Ullapool – Stornoway 10.30am and all following services on Monday. (The 7am Stornoway – Ullapool is expected to depart as scheduled.)
- Berneray – Leverburgh (Sound of Harris) all services.
- Other services are liable to disruption and services for Tuesday will be reviewed on Monday.
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning extending from 10am on Monday and right through the evening, this covering Northern Ireland and much of the western half of the UK, as well as northeast Scotland.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) say they are prepared for wet and windy conditions which could impact the electricity network across the north of Scotland on Monday and Tuesday. They say that Storm Brendan has the potential to bring gusts of up to 80mph across the Western Isles, North West Highlands and Skye.
But, they add: “SSEN would like to reassure its customers it is well prepared to respond and has enacted its established resilience plans, increasing standby resources in anticipation of any potential network damage and moving teams and equipment where necessary. We continue to urge people not to approach any damage to the network and instead, report it to SSEN directly by calling 105 or via the Power Track app and engineers will safely investigate as soon as possible.”
Galson Estate Trust says: Due to the strong winds which are forecast for tomorrow, the amenity site at Habost will be closed tomorrow and reopen again on Wednesday morning as usual.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “The UK and Ireland will turn increasingly windy on Monday, as Storm Brendan approaches, and there'll also be some heavy rain. It’s going to be particularly windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70 mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts - maybe even 80 mph in a few exposed places. This is likely to cause some disruption to sea, road and air travel.
“As Storm Brendan moves eastwards, strong winds will also develop across eastern parts of the UK, particularly northeast Scotland where there is also a wind warning in place.”
“As well as strong winds, there will be large coastal waves in western areas, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions.”
The Comhairle offices will be open as normal and staff are expected to attend when they deem it safe to do so.
The public are advised to collect and secure bins, to secure any loose debris and the construction industry is advised to secure scaffolding and any loose items on building sites.
The Comhairle ask family, neighbours and friends living nearby to assist and support elderly and vulnerable people.
Commenting on the forecast for the rest of the week, Frank said: “It looks like it's going to stay very unsettled, with the potential for further disruptive weather in places.”
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.
The strongest winds are expected around exposed coasts and hills. Here gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, with a few sites perhaps seeing gusts to 80 mph - especially around Irish Sea coasts and around the west coast of Scotland where the strongest winds are most likely. Gusts will be lower inland with 45-55 mph likely.
A narrow band of squally heavy rain moving east, accompanying the strongest winds, may be an additional hazard.
Loganair has once again offered the opportunity to change flights to passengers booked to fly during Storm Brendan.
A statement said: “In view of the high winds forecast and potential for travel disruption, we are offering customers travelling on flights to and from Benbecula… Barra ….(and) Stornoway the opportunity to adjust travel plans without charge.
Hebridean Tea Store on Twitter, Sunday January 12th: With regards to the weather update and warnings, we have decided not to open the shop tomorrow.
“If you are booked to travel on 13th January, you can choose to re-book on an alternative flight between now and 20th thJanuary. There will be no change fee or difference in fare payable - if there is a seat available on an earlier or later flight, you can transfer your booking to that flight without charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The easiest way to change your flight is to access https://www.loganair.co.uk/managemybooking/ If you cannot find a suitable alternative there, please call on 0344 800 2855 with your booking reference handy and we’ll do our best to help.
“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.
“Please note, if you are already checked-in, you will be required to contact our call centre to change, on 0344 800 2855.”
The wind-modelling website windy.com shows the peak impact of the storm moving across the Western Isles late tomorrow evening. The images below show predicted winds at 9pm, with average wind speeds of about 45mph and gusts up to 81mph in Stornoway.
The Irish Times reports: Atlantic Storm Brendan arrived over Ireland on Monday morning bringing gusts of almost 100km/h over counties in the northeast.
A status orange weather alert is in place for the entire country as high winds and heavy rain are forecast on Monday.
Met Éireann said a gust of 96km/h have already been recorded at Belmullet, Co Mayo by 7am on Monday morning.