Colour coding: Sunday updates Monday update
- Stornoway Airport tweeted: We are sorry to confirm that our afternoon flight to and from Benbecula Airport has been cancelled due to deteriorating weather south. Our Inverness flights remain on time. For more info please contact your airline.
- Due to the deteriorating weather situation, the Comhairle office in Castlebay closed at 1200 today. In the event of an emergency, Faire can be contacted on 01851 701702
- 1130 Monday: The Braighe causeway is now fully open for vehicles after a risk assessment was carried out by HM Coastguard and Police Scotland.
- High tide at 20.58 today coincides with the forecast peak wind strengths, with gusts up to 79mph predicted in Stornoway.
- A flood warning issued by SEPA remains in place for the whole of the Western Isles, warning of a risk of significant coastal flooding on Monday and Tuesday due to higher than usual tides and large waves.
- Wave overtopping of coastal defences and causeways is likely during the period of greatest risk around the high tide which occurs in Stornoway around 9pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday.
- SEPA warningThe Scottish Environment and Protection Agency (SEPA) has warned that Storm Brendan will bring strong winds, creating storm surges and high waves over the next two days. Head of flooding Vincent Fitzsimons said: “The combination of high spring tides and sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves. There is a risk of coastal flooding of routes in all Scotland’s coastal areas, with particular focus on communities around … the Western Isles.”
- 0700 Monday - Eriskay-Barra ferry services cancelled
Very strong winds and severe gales will impact the UK and Ireland through tomorrow (Monday January 13) as Storm Brendan brings forecast wind gusts of up to 80mph to the west of Britain.
Almost all ferry services throughout the Hebrides have already been cancelled completely.
Significant disruption is expected across the Western Isles on Monday and Tuesday (January 13th and 14th) including school closures and bus service shutdowns.
- Lews Castle College will be closed to students on Monday 13 January 2020
- An Cotan nursery will also be closed.
- Staff should attend work if it is safe to do so.
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."
All schools and nurseries in the Western Isles will be closed tomorrow (Monday). For full details on disruption to CnES services see:
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."
CnESsaid in mid-afternoon that all bus services in the Western Isles are likely to be cancelled on Monday 13th January. There may be adjustments made to Monday’s homecare service and all those affected will be contacted directly regarding alternative arrangements.
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.