Published on : Sunday, December 25, 2016
As a second wave of stormy weather approaches, Scotland has started bracing itself for more travel disruption and erratic power supplies. Storm Barbara battered northern parts of the country for a second day on Saturday.
Additionally, winds are forecast to pick up again on Christmas Day after a lull, heralding the approach of Storm Conor which is expected to bring gusts of up to 90mph in northern areas on Boxing Day.
An amber “be prepared” warning has been issued for 26 December for the Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, with high winds and heavy rain expected.
The Met Office warned of the potential for bridge closures, ferry delays, downed power cables and large waves affecting coastal areas. It follows a second day of disruption as a result of Storm Barbara.
At its height the storm saw gusts of 83mph recorded at Sella Ness, Shetland, 79mph at Islay, Argyll and 76mph at Fair Isle, Shetland.
The strongest gust across exposed mountain sites was 117mph over Cairngorm in the Highlands.
Power had to be restored to more than 25,000 homes as the north west of Scotland and the Western Isles bore the brunt of high winds and lightning strikes.
On Saturday ferry services were disrupted and restrictions put in place on many bridges. However, train services were largely unaffected, despite earlier warnings of high winds and wintry showers for Scotland’s central belt and northwards.
Flood alerts were in place in parts of Tayside, Caithness and Sutherland, Orkney, Borders, Shetland, Skye and Lochaber and the Western Isles as well as flood warnings in Tayside.
People can call 105, a free new national phone line, if the weather damages their local power network and affects electricity supply.
The national phone line number is available to people in England, Scotland and Wales, regardless of their electricity supplier.