A Yellow Warning for high winds remains in force for Lewis and Harris - the UK Met Office says "strong westerly winds will continue across northern Scotland for a time on Saturday before slowly easing during the afternoon and, for Shetland, the evening.

"Gusts of 55-65 mph are expected widely, with occasional gusts of 70 mph across more exposed parts of the Scottish mainland and 80 mph across Shetland. Further disruption to travel is possible."

By 7.30am today (Saturday) Loganair continued to predict that flights would be on schedule, but they have extended their free rebooking deal to cover Boxing Day.  They say: ""We have a limited schedule of 24 flights planned on Boxing Day, Monday 26 December, and note that Storm Connor is now expected to cause high winds and heavy rainfall.   

"Although it is likely that flights will be able to proceed as planned, we have extended our re-booking policy to offer you additional peace of mind around your travel plans.    If you hold a reservation to travel on 26 December yet wish to travel later, you can now change your booking to any flight with available seats within the next seven days."

As for today on the ferries…

CalMac had - by 8am - issued no updates about likely sailings to and from Stornoway after lunch today. (Go to link above to follow latest info - )

CalMac services on the Sound of Harris remain covered by the following statement –

"The 08:15 from Berneray and 09:25 from Leverburgh have been cancelled. The 13:30 from Berneray and 14:40 from Leverburgh are highly unlikely but a decision will be made at 09:00.

"There is the option for Berneray-Leverburgh traffic to travel at 12:00 from Lochmaddy to Tarbert and Leverburgh to Berneray traffic to travel Tarbert to Lochmaddy via Uig at 14:00, arriving 17:40."

For Tarbert, there is an amended service planned - starting from Lochmaddy

Depart Lochmaddy 12:00
Arrive Tarbert 13:40
Depart Tarbert 14:00
Arrive Uig 15:40
Depart Uig 16:00
Arrive Lochmaddy 17:40
Depart Lochmaddy 18:00
Arrive Uig 19:40
Depart Uig 20:00
Arrive Tarbert 22:00

At Stornoway Airport, as of 8am, flights to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness were all expected to depart on time.

The latest statement from Loganair says: "Please check www.loganair.co.uk for the latest status of your flight before setting off to the airport.  We expect to operate our full published schedule today, including a small number of additional flights to enable customers to travel whose journeys were disrupted by Storm Barbara yesterday.  

"The weather can, of course, change versus that forecast and your Captain will assess the weather conditions before each flight and make the final decision as to whether your flight can take place.      We have contingency plans in place to operate extra services later today or, if it becomes necessary, on Christmas Day in the event of severe delays or cancellations occurring during the day.

"For all customers, we recommend that if you require any items such as medication or infant food and care, sufficient amounts are packed in your hand baggage so that it is available to you in the event of a flight delay after you have checked in your hold baggage. "

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED at 8.10am - please use the web links incorporated in the report to check for further changes