‘Weather Bomb’ raises risk of severe gales for Scotland, UK
Ferry and rail services in Scotland have been cancelled as winds strengthen ahead of an Atlantic storm that is due to hit the UK later.
The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for most of the UK for later on Tuesday, Wednesday and early on Thursday.
For Scotland, it has been upgraded to an amber ‘be prepared’ warning.
Severe gales have been forecast and sea swells for parts of Scotland of up to 40ft (12m).
The amber warning has been issued for the Northern Isles, Western Isles – where all schools and nurseries will be closed on Wednesday – the north and west Highlands and Argyll.
It warns of “very high waves” and islanders have been warned to take extra care on causeways that link up parts of the isles.
Stornoway Coastguard has warned that the sea state could become “phenomenal”, the term used to describe the worst conditions.
Flood warnings have been issued for the Western Isles and also Corpach, Caol, Fort William and Glen Lyon.
Richard Brown, of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said areas at the greatest risk of coastal flooding were Caithness, Sutherland, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.
Argyll and Bute, Firth of Clyde, Clyde estuary and Dumfries and Galloway could also be affected, he said.
Several train services on Wednesday have already been cancelled.
They are Inverness-Kyle/Thurso/Wick, Ayr-Stranraer, Kilwinning-Ardrossan/Largs and Dumbarton Central-Helensburgh Central.
Also, Glasgow Queen St-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig, including the Caledonian Sleeper.
Network Rail said the routes were the most likely to exposed to 70mph winds and high tides.
The company said replacement bus services would be considered, but these were dependent on road conditions.