Local News for Wednesday 11th January 2017

Three days of winter
The islands fall under three consecutive Met Office weather warnings from this morning, with snow, gale force winds and lightning among the winter treats in store. Although the worst snowfall is expected away from the West coast and islands, strong winds will gust up to 70 mph today and, coupled with the snowfall, could bring periods of blizzard conditions. A weather warning came into force just after midnight last night, and remains until tonight. There’s a second warning for snow and ice tomorrow, and a third for Friday. Ferry disruption is expected to be widespread today – sailings between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy and between Oban and Castlebay were cancelled early, and further cancellations are expected this morning. CalMac Operations Director Drew Collier said: "Weather forecasts for across the west of Scotland are predicting a windy and cold run up to the weekend. We will review sailings on a case by case basis but would advise anyone planning to travel by ferry to take this into account when planning journeys in the next few days."

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Local News for Tuesday 10th January 2017

Accident blackspot warning
Police have issued a road safety warning after two road accidents on the same stretch of road over the weekend. The A859 just north of Woodend, Keose in North Lochs was described as ‘greasy’ despite there being no ice or standing water, when the accidents happened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In each case only one vehicle was involved, and there was no speeding or other driver behaviour to explain the accidents. Fortunately neither driver was injured. A spokesman for Stornoway police said the area was known to be hazardous, and that drivers should take extra care on that stretch of road, whatever the road conditions.

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Local News for Monday 9th January 2017

High winds and ferries
Forecast high winds today and later this week are set to cause disruption to the ferry network, although wind speeds are not predicted to reach the strength of the Christmas storms. Services between Oban and Castlebay are cancelled today, as are afternoon services between Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig, and between Mallaig, Oban and Lochboisdale, while other routes remain subject to disruption. There’ll be updates later today on possible additional sailings for Barra and South Uist tomorrow, with more wild weather promised for later in the week. We will update on all routes this morning as we receive notification from CalMac.

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Local News for Friday 6th January 2017

Coastguard support for charity walker
Benbecula coastguard teams were sent out to find and support charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell yesterday, as he continued his trek the whole length of the islands to raise money for the RNLI. Alex has slowed his pace after a gruelling start on Tuesday, when he set off from Castlebay and endured a soaking and cold winds as he passed through South Uist. The 350 mile walk up and down the Western Isles is part of a much bigger enterprise for Alex, who aims to complete a trek around the coastlines of the while of Britain and Ireland, started in 2014. He’s over halfway through the 9,500 mile feat and is expected to be in Harris over the weekend.

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Local News for Wednesday 4th January 2017

Robson Green names Luskentyre the tops
Actor Robson Green is the latest celebrity to have been bowled over by the Western Isles, visiting for his new series, Tales from the Coast, which begins on ITV later this month. Green’s experiences included landing and taking off from the beach airstrip at Barra, having a try at weaving, and tackling a local strongman at the ancient sport of ‘lazy stick’. He also listened to Isles FM in the car, and fell in love with Luskentyre beach, which he described as ‘just extraordinary’.

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