Severe Weather - Disruption to Services

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The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today (Thursday) at 1:30pm to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Friday 29th January 2016.

High winds are expected with gusts of up to 80mph. An amber warning has been issued.

All schools in the Western Isles will be closed tomorrow, Friday 29th January.

The following notification of severe weather was received from the Met Office which is valid from 03:00 to 10:00 on Friday 29th January 2016: “ West to southwesterly gales are expected to develop widely across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England early on Friday.

“Winds are expected to widely gust 60-70 mph, possibly up to 80 mph along exposed coasts and over hills.

“Be prepared for the likelihood of difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, such as cancellation to ferry services and bridge closures.

“Some structural damage is also possible, as well as disruption to power supplies. Heavy rain and surface water will be additional hazards in places. Winds will moderate from the west later on Friday morning.”