Advice to residents in Western Isles - Severe weather

Police and Western Isles Council are urging members of the public to exercise caution throughout the afternoon as rising tides and severe gales from the south are expected to affect the area.

Caution should be taken on causeways in the southern isles as well as at the Braighe area, near Stornoway.

There is a risk of flooding from spray and wave overtopping during high tide tonight (Thursday evening) and the early hours of Friday morning in the Western Isles. The time of greatest risk will be at high tide around 17.00 – 18.00 on Thursday evening and 5.30 – 6.30am on Friday morning.

Public travelling across causeways, including the Braighe, should base their travel plans to avoid high tide period. There is a strong likelihood the Braighe could be shut for a period of time tonight and possibly tomorrow morning. Further reports will be provided where necessary on the Comhairle web page and WIEPCG Facebook page.Furthermore high tide is anticipated at 1800 and travellers to or from the Point area of Lewis are advised to cross the Braighe well before that time.

The majority of ferries to and from the Western Isles are cancelled today (Thursday).