View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 16 January 2009

Strange alert

I was checking the National Weather Service website when amongst all the possible alerts related to extreme weather featured a Child Abduction Alert. Curiosity drew me there - you can find it here. It is an effective way of drawing the public's attention to such an emergency. But a bit strange on a weather site nonetheless.

Extreme weather: high winds

We have a severe weather warning out for our area. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar = Western Isles Council.
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Northern Constabulary are monitoring weather conditions in the Outer Hebrides as high winds are expected tomorrow night through to Sunday morning. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.
  • Mainly Southerly winds of up to 80-90mph are predicted during the overnight period and particularly around midnight. High tide will also occur around midnight.
  • If the weather becomes severe, people are advised to stay indoors and not travel. Loose objects lying around in gardens etc. should be put away or secured.
  • Neighbours and friends may wish to check that elderly people are okay.
  • Bus services could be subject to alterations on Saturday night.
  • The Comhairle and the Police will continue to monitor the situation and further information will be issued as appropriate through the media. | The real danger of counterfeit medicines | The real danger of counterfeit medicines

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Friday 16 January

Good morning from a bright but windy Stornoway. Windy? Wait until midnight tomorrow night and you'll see us with winds of 50 mph and more. At the moment, it's doing 30 mph, so Aeolus is nicely sticking to the speedlimit.

Zimbabwe continues to be the number 1 disaster country in the world. The central bank has issued a banknote for 100,000,000,000,000 Z$, worth about 30 US$ at this moment. Inflation is running at 231,000,000%. Apart from the economy, health care is also in a state of collapse. Robert Mugabe was once a hero for his country. He has managed to wreck it.