The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the islands this evening, Wednesday 23 December. 

High winds were expected from 5pm today with gusts of 65 – 75 miles per hour, with the potential of 80mph in exposed areas.  These will affect Barra first and last for 3 – 4 hours, from 9pm until 1am. 


Winds will ease slightly until about 3am when gusts will pick up to 75mph until 10am on Thursday 24 December.  The winds are expected to ease in Barra at approximately 8 or 9am and in Lewis at 10 or 11am. The public should be aware of this forecast and plan their journeys accordingly.

 The following bus services have been cancelled this evening due to forecast weather conditions:

21:35 North Lochs (last bus departs Stornoway at 19:35)

21:40 Point, Back and Tolsta (last bus departs Stornoway at 1940)

21:40 Ness and Westside (last bus departs Stornoway at 1930)

 There is the potential for further disruption to bus timetables on Thursday morning. Please check with the bus operator for any amendments to scheduled timetables.The road networks will be monitored during this time.