The Met Office has updated a weather warning affecting the Eilean Siar region tomorrow (Tuesday December 10th), as wind speeds increase this afternoon.
The updated forecast issued this morning warns that moderate impacts are likely from rain, which will be heavy at times and accompanied by strong and gusty winds.
The general forecast is for south-westerly winds beginning to build this evening, with gusts up to 60mph forecast. Very heavy rain is expected before midnight tonight and again from the early hours tomorrow, continuing at least until dark.
The Irish Met Office, Met Éireann, has named the weather system as the first storm of the season, Storm Atiyah, after experiencing much stronger winds yesterday (Sunday).
CalMac have cancelled morning sailings of the MV Loch Seaforth between Stornoway and Ullapool for a second day tomorrow (Tuesday). The ferry is currently (Monday 2.30pm) heading across the Minch towards Ullapool, but all further sailings on Tuesday and Wednesday remain subject to disruption at short notice.
Also affected are services between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy, with the 09:40 departing Uig and 11:50 departing Tarbert tomorrow cancelled and a revised timetable, subject to disruption, to be operated. Tomorrow’s early sailings across the Sound of Harris are also cancelled and a review of that service will be undertaken at 11am on Tuesday.