Good evening Western Isles and welcome to this blog covering the severe weather impacts for the Western Isles this weekend. This blog has updates from the Met Office. The Western Isles Council and SSE.
First, we start with the warnings from the Met Office for storm Malik
Storm Malik was named by the Danish Met Office on Friday. The worst of the strong winds and severe impacts will impact Denmark however we will see some severe weather conditions from the same weather system.
Denmark is part of the Northern European storm naming countries.
More here from the UK Met Office https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2022/storm-malik-named-by-danish-met-service
The first warning for the Western Isles comes into force at 04:00 Saturday and expires at 15:00 Saturday afternoon.
The other warnings in association with storm Malik
An amber warning has also been issued for Storm Malik
We also have a yellow weather warning for winds for the next spell of windy weather on Sunday
more on the warnings here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2022-01-28
Our council Western Isles council has issued the following statement about the severe weather this weekend
Severe Weather Warning Issued by Met OfficeThe Met Office has issued a couple of yellow warnings for wind in The Western Isles. The Met Office forecasts strong winds for the Western Isles with the potential for gusts in excess of 75 mph. Yellow Warning A notification warning of severe weather from the Met Office is valid from 4am tomorrow, Saturday 29th January, until 3pm tomorrow afternoon.“An area of very strong west or northwest winds will cross Scotland on Saturday morning before easing during the afternoon. The strongest winds are expected in the east of Scotland later in the morning. Gusts of widely 50-60 mph are likely with a short period of gusts in excess of 75 mph, particularly for Moray and North Aberdeenshire as well as the Lothians.”Another notification warning of severe weather from the Met Office is valid from 6pm on Sunday evening, 30th January, until midday on Monday 31st January.“On Sunday evening a spell of strong northwesterly winds is likely to develop across western Scotland, and then progress southeastwards eventually easing away from the North Sea coastlines during Monday morning. The strongest wind gusts will mostly occur around the coastlines and over the hills, with many of these exposed locations expected to see gusts reach 50-60 mph for a time. In addition, a small chance that a very limited part of the area could see a short period of more damaging gusts, that could reach 60-70mph inland, and 70-80mph around exposed coasts and hills.”ServicesThere may be adjustments made to homecare service and all those affected will be contacted directly regarding alternative arrangements.TravelThe public is advised to travel with care and drive to the conditions. CnES Roads and Police will be monitoring all causeways. Bus Services are liable to disruption at short notice on Saturday, 29th January. Please contact your operator for the most up-to-date service information. Ferry services are disrupted on Saturday and Sunday. Please keep an eye on the website for further details https://www.calmac.co.uk/ (Status on a route by route basis available from the drop-down menu on the front page).AdviceThe public are advised to secure any loose debris. The construction industry is advised to secure scaffolding and any lose items on building sites. The Comhairle would ask family, neighbours and friends living nearby to assist and support elderly and vulnerable people. 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.SSE is on alert and has put in place its contingency plans to deal with any damage the storm may cause to the electricity network. Any customers who lose their electricity supply are urged to contact SSE on 105 to report damage or highlight neighbours or friends who may need extra help. All services are subject to further disruption
SSE has also issued this statement regarding the storm.
Thank you for reading I will do extra updates over the course of the weekend. In the meantime check out our blog getting ready for severe weather in the Western Isles which I published in 2020 https://westernislesweather.com/2020/10/14/getting-ready-for-severe-weather-in-the-western-isles/
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