View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 31 January 2014

Friday 31 January

Not a very nice day in terms of weather, with a red sunrise heralding much wind and rain. The main problem for the next day or so looks to be the springtides. Tomorrow morning's tide will peak at 5.5 metres (18' 4''), and strong winds from the south could cause flooding problems in the centre of Stornoway. The harbour here faces south. The wind also made the 5C / 41F feel even colder than it already was. I went out at 8pm to have a look at the high tide, which was lapping just a foot under the quays at North Beach. Sandbags have been issued, with only the Chinese takeaway not yet having put them in place.

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Thursday 30 January

Quite a reasonable day today, although not warm. Following the accident with the Clipper Ranger on Tuesday, the Hebridean Isles has come up from Islay to cover the freight run.

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There is a bad forecast for the weekend, compounded by a 5.5 metre high springtide. This is prompting all sorts of flood alerts, the issue of sandbags in flood prone areas of Stornoway and monitoring of the situation at the Braighe.

I have started to revise the information with my wargrave pics, after a major revision during 2013. Other casualty info, from all the Outer Hebridean islands, was included in that.