Ferry cancellations and a growing roar from oncoming storm force winds greeted Islanders across the Hebrides this morning (Sunday February 16).
There's a renewed and extended Yellow Warning for Wind from the Met Office to run between 10:00 (UTC) on Sunday 16 February and 11:00 (UTC) on Monday 17 February.
Ferry services cancelled include those from Castlebay, Lochboisdale, Eriskay, Lochmaddy, Berneray, Stornoway and Tarbert. All services on the CalMac network are affected in some way.
Western Isles police warned that the Isle of Lewis might once again be cut off from Point after midday today but in the end the road link remained passable.
But Boradbay became a haven for stormbound vessels with two cargo ships and two large fishing vessels taking shelter there.
Storm Dennis will bring some very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and into Monday morning.
Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely within the warning area for much of the period. Gusts of 70 mph are likely at times, more especially across western Scotland on Sunday afternoon and evening, as well as in association with heavy showers elsewhere. A separate swathe of 70-75 mph gusts probably crossing the far north of Scotland and Orkney for a time early on Monday.
What to expect:
• Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
• Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
• Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
• Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
• It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
The warning extended the area affected further south into parts of south-west England, and north into Shetland.