An early morning call from Stornoway, where it is wet and (more to the point) very windy. Current windspeed 44 mph (that's force 8), gusting to about 60 mph. The anemometer at the Eoropie weatherstation (now at Dell) has already given up the ghost.
Gale force winds up and down the west coast of Scotland, most Calmac ferries have been cancelled, some for tomorrow as well (Tarbert - Uig e.g.). It's lashing down with rain, in other words, a thoroughly unpleasant day. No ferries means no supplies in the shops, so it will get very interesting in places like Tesco and the Coop. Let's crack open the beans on toast (sorry can't resist this) and outfart the wind!
Tomorrow's storm has prompted Network Rail to cancel a number of train services across the north of Scotland. These include Glasgow to Mallaig, including the overnight sleeper service, and Inverness to Kyle and Thurso. (BBC).
All schools and nurseries in the Western Isles will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday 10th December.
In addition, all depots, libraries, museums, sports and leisure facilities in the Western Isles will be closed tomorrow.
All bin collection services for the Western Isles have been cancelled for tomorrow.
Public bus services across Uist and Barra may be restricted to approximately 11am to 6pm. Public bus services across Lewis and Harris may operate a normal school holiday service