Local News for Wednesday 28th December 2016

Business as usual
The islands are getting back to business as usual, following over a week of uncertainty and disruption from storms and public holidays over Christmas. An Lanntair re-opens today with a programme of film leading up to the big Hogmanay party on Saturday night, with Willie Campbell and Open Day Rotation (this concert is sold out). The Woodlands Centre is also re-opening today and most shops and businesses will now be open until Friday. Tarbert has the biggest clear-up to face, with storm damage to street lights and to their Christmas tree, as well as buildings, bins and other damage – mostly caused before Christmas when winds over Scalpay Bridge topped 100mph.

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Local News for Tuesday 27th December 2016

Christmas joy in Back
A joyful early Christmas present was delivered to one family in Back, when baby Olivier Sobul arrived nearly two weeks early, on Christmas Eve. Olivier’s parents, Anna and Marcin Sobul, weren’t expecting the new arrival until January 7th, but he chose Christmas Eve at 9pm to make his entrance to the world. Weighing in at 8lbs and 7oz, Olivier is a baby brother for Oscar, 9, Victoria, 7 and Allan, 3, and a fourth grandchild for Bogdan and Kristina, who were visiting the family from their home in Lask, Poland when the new baby arrived.

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Local News for Friday 23rd December 2016

Tributes to popular presenter
Tributes have been paid to long-standing Isles FM radio presenter Kenny ‘There you go’ Macleod, who has died suddenly at the age of 63. Kenny’s sudden death at his home in Glasgow was reported late on Wednesday, with Isles FM colleagues stunned to hear of the loss to their radio family. Kenny, who came from Grimshader in Lochs, had been living on the mainland for some years, but still contributed Irish music shows to the airwaves. In earlier years he was an Isles FM stalwart, presenting Duisg, the breakfast show, Rock and Ceilidh and other live shows. His warm-hearted broadcasting style and quirky sense of humour made him a local legend. Many Isles FM listeners have posted, emailed and rung with their condolences. One listener said “What sad news, he was such a character and will be fondly remembered. Thoughts are with his family and his friends at Isles FM.” Isles FM managing director David Morrison said: “We are all in shock here. Our thoughts are with Kenny’s daughters, grandchildren and wider family, to whom we send our condolences at this very said time.”

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Local News for Thursday 22nd December 2016

Storm warnings pile up over Christmas
Storm warnings issued by the Met Office now cover the entire period between now and Boxing Day, with the strongest warnings still out for Friday. The Met Office has added a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for Christmas Day, warning of a further spell of very strong southwesterly winds, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely to occur quite widely. Parts of northern Scotland could see gusts up to 70mph, and waves built up from previous days could lead to coastal overtopping and closure of causeways. Today’s yellow warning remains in place, with the whole period up until 6pm on Thursday likely to be blustery, cold and with heavy and frequent wintry showers, together with lightning. Storm Barbara officially hits from 12 noon on Friday, with the worst effects being felt around 6pm in the Western Isles. The warning level here is on amber or ‘be prepared’, with structural damage, travel disruption and power cuts possible.

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Local News for Wednesday 21st December 2016

Winter storms pass over islands
A series of storm winds are set to pass over the islands between now and Boxing Day, with the Met Office now warning that the next four days will see extreme conditions, set to peak on Friday evening with winds gusting up to 90mph. Two weather warnings have been issued for the Eilean Siar region. For today there’s a yellow ‘be aware’ warning of what the Met Office calls ‘a range of hazards’ including severe, cold and blustery westerly gales, frequent lightning, snowfall over higher routes and ice on untreated surfaces. For 24 hours from Friday at 9am the warning level is raised to amber or ‘be prepared’ for a high likelihood of impacts including structural damage and power interruption. The warning says: “A spell of very strong south to southwesterly winds is expected to develop on Friday. Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely quite widely, with westerly winds gusting to 80 - 90 mph across parts of western and northern Scotland later on Friday and overnight into Saturday. Winds will then moderate on Saturday morning.” Friday’s storm has been named Storm Barbara, the second official storm of the winter season.

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