Tolsta School storm damaged

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Pupils at Tolsta School were sent home this morning (Thursday) as the building sustained structural damage in last night’s gale.

In the latest storm to hit the Western Isles, damage was sustained to the roof and the school has been closed for safety reasons. It is not yet decided if the school will re-open tomorrow (Friday).

Multi agency partners are advising that there is a loss of mobile and landline telephone services in areas of North Uist as a result of the overnight spell of bad weather.

Health services in the Western Isles are currently running as normal. However, if patients are unable to attend a scheduled appointment due to the bad weather (or for any other reason) we would ask that they contact us as soon as possible to inform us, so that the appointment can be quickly rescheduled. (Contact details will be on your appointment letter).

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at or contactNHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

NHS Western Isles would also urge the public to look in on vulnerable neighbours or relatives over the coming weeks, and to phone NHS24 if they have any health concerns.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service urge people to check that their smoke alarms are working so that occupants are given early warning in the unlikely event of a fire in the home.

Further information about fire safety and what people can do to ensure they are as safe as possible can be found at the SFRS website

The winds last night were not as strong as the previous week but gusts of 90mph were recorded in South Uist, 86mph in Tiree and 77mph in Lewis.