Weather latest: Bute avoids storm’s worst effects

High winds struck Scotland in the early hours of January 9 - but Bute appears to have escaped the worst effects. (Pic by Norrie Mulholland)
High winds struck Scotland in the early hours of January 9 - but Bute appears to have escaped the worst effects. (Pic by Norrie Mulholland)

Bute appears to have avoided the worst of the severe storms which battered most of the northern half of Britain in the early hours of Friday.

Police in Rothesay said they had received several reports during the night of fallen trees around the island, but that all the blockages had been dealt with by Argyll and Bute Council’s local roads department.

Both the island’s ferry services were suspended at the start of service on Friday; the first sailing from Rothesay, by MV Bute at 8am, berthed successfully at Wemyss Bay as conditions improved, and MV Argyle departed Rothesay on schedule at 8.40am.

CalMac announced just after 6am that the Rhubodach-Colintraive route would remain suspended until daylight due to a combination of high winds and a lack of power at Colintraive, where residents and businesses were among almost 1,200 customers in rural parts of Cowal left without power due to the effects of the storm.

Electricity supplies on Bute were uninterrupted despite the high winds.

A flood alert for the Argyll and Bute area was issued by SEPA on Thursday afternoon, but despite a combination of high tides and a storm surge in the early hours of Friday, no damage has been reported on Bute itself.

Trains on all ScotRail routes were suspended at the start of service on Friday to allow Network Rail staff to check whether lines were affected by debris. Limited services on a few routes began running from around 8am, although as this article was published, the Wemyss Bay and Gourock routes were among those still suspended.

Weather warnings for strong winds remain in place for Argyll and Bute until 10am on Friday, while separate ‘be aware’ alerts are in place for the area for wind (midnight until 6pm on Saturday) and for snow and ice (6am on Saturday until midday on Sunday).

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