Western Isles schools closed after severe gale warning

Ship in storm near Aberdeen Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Both west and east coasts are covered by the weather warning

Parts of Scotland have been warned to expect severe gales as Storm Brendan hits on Monday.

As part of preparations for the storm, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles council) has closed all its schools to pupils.

All bus services on the islands have been cancelled and serious disruption to ferry routes is likely.

The yellow warning issued by the Met Office covers a 14-hour period from 10:00 until midnight.

On Sunday, a gritter overturned on a busy road in Fife as crews prepared for icy conditions.

The crash closed the A916 near Cupar. No-one is believed to have been seriously injured.

Earlier, Fife Council said all primary roads were being treated with salt.

The Met Office has warned of a “very windy period” beginning at about 10:00 on Monday.

The Met Office said people should expect:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected, particularly for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges
  • Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
  • Some short term loss of power and other services

“The strongest winds are expected around exposed coasts and hills,” it said.

“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.”



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