- Published: Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:24
Severe gale force westerly winds are forecast for today, with wind remaining at near gale or gale force right through until Monday. There are also warnings of snow and ice in areas of the Highlands away from the West Coast and islands, with frequent showers of hail, sleet and snow are likely, and may also affect the islands. There’s forecast disruption to ferry services today and tomorrow, with cancellations and delays likely between Stornoway and Ullapool , Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig and on the Sound of Harris. Technical problems and weather have already meant cancellation of the services between Oban, Lochboisdale and Castlebay today.
Get yourself a weather plan – SHEPD
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) have launched a campaign to make sure people know how to stay safe, warm and informed if winter storms cause further disruption to power supplies. Last week the first major storm of the winter hit the islands, with 5000 recorded lightning strikes, gale forces winds and waves the height of a six storey building. Engineers worked throughout the course of the incident to restore power supplies to homes, including all the homes in the Western Isles. Which lost power completely on two consecutive days. SHEPD asks everyone to see if they are entitled to extra support, available to customers who may be vulnerable during a power cut - for example, if you rely on electricity for home medical care. You can register with SHEPD's Priority Service team by calling 0800 294 3258.
Island councils win award
Leaders and Chief Executives of the three island councils representing the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, representing the Our Islands: Our Future campaign, were winners of the Leadership category at the Scottish Public Service Awards. Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said, "The award recognises the united commitment of elected members and employees in the three Councils to what has already been achieved, and the work required to deliver greater local autonomy and a more balanced relationship between local and national governments. The needs and status of island areas are different and need to be clearly recognised in the new era for Scotland. I am delighted that through this joint working since the launch of the project back in June 2013, we have demonstrated what a cohesive and innovative approach can achieve in bringing real benefits on issues which are of importance to our communities."