Second storm brewing as ‘Barbara’ causes more disruption

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Ferries were forced to remain berthed in Oban as Storm Barbara struck on Friday

Scotland is set to be hit with a second day of Storm Barbara disruption, as Storm Conor also closes in.

Rail, road and ferry travel is again expected to be hampered by gale-force winds of between 70 and 80mph on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, an amber alert has been issued for the Northern Isles and part of north Caithness on Boxing Day.

The Met Office has named it Storm Conor and is forecasting winds possibly reaching 90mph in some areas.

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Heavy rainfall has affected parts of Argyll

It also has an amber “be prepared” warning for Storm Barbara and yellow “be aware” warnings in place for high winds at the weekend and Monday and wintry showers and ice for large parts of Scotland on Saturday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has eight flood alerts and eight flood warnings in place for rivers in the Highlands, Tayside and Scottish Borders.

Electricity company SSE said power had been restored to more than 19,000 homes and businesses affected by cuts on Friday – including 13,000 in Lewis and Harris.

As of 22:30, it said only 166 customers remained off supply across the north of Scotland, with the vast majority to be restored overnight.

SSE said it remained on yellow alert due to the risk of more high winds and lightning across the Western Isles, north-west Highland, Orkney and Shetland from Sunday into Monday.

Met Office warnings

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Met Office weather warnings for Storm Barbara over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

  • Saturday: Two yellow warnings. One has been issued for a forecast of wintry showers and ice until about midday and the other for strong winds until about 09:00. Shetland could see gusts of up to 80mph.
  • Sunday: A yellow warning of wind associated to Storm Conor has been issued for Scotland. The Met Office says winds could gust to 50-60mph widely, and potentially to 70mph. The Northern Isles could see winds gusting to 80mph or higher.
  • Monday: Amber warning about winds gusting to 80mph, and possibly 90mph, has been issued for north Caithness coast and Northern Isles. A yellow warning of high winds has been issued for the rest of Scotland.
  • The Met Office has been regularly updating the warnings. For updates go to the Met Office website.

For Storm Barbara, the Met Office has issued an amber warning for the Northern Isles, the Western Isles and Northwest Scotland.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has flood alerts in place in many parts of Scotland.

Network Rail warned that some train services will be affected. ScotRail has listed the services it expects to be disrupted.

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