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Summary

  1. 'Weather bomb' batters west and north of Scotland
  2. Power cut affects 31,000 homes across country
  3. Winds and waves warning as storm hits
  4. The Met Office issues amber 'be prepared' warning
  5. Ferry, rail and road services disrupted

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Laura Cuthill and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

Thank you for reading today's live blog, which was focussed on the adverse weather in Scotland.

Join us from 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest news and sport including any more developments from the storm.

Good night.

And to end with a bit of fun...

Hawick Common Riding tweets: Car blown over in Hawick. No injuries reported! @trafficscotland #weatherbomb

Little Tykes Cozy Coupe
Hawick Common Riding

Delays after Lockerbie train breakdown

Virgin Trains tweets: Delays of up to 60 minutes between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh expected until 20:30 following a broken down train near Lockerbie.

Broken down train
Virgin Trains

First TransPennine Express passengers may use CrossCountry services between Edinburgh and Birmingham and Virgin Trains services on any reasonable route.

Virgin Trains passengers may use East Coast, First TransPennine Express and ScotRail on any reasonable route and CrossCountry services between Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Skye Bridge partially reopens

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A87 Skye Bridge is now *open* to CARS ONLY. #DriveSafe #WindyBridges

The storm in Orkney

Gill Merriman took this picture today around lunchtime, looking north from Birsay, Orkney.

Orkney in the storms
Gill Merriman

Gill says the cliffs are at least 70ft high and the buildings are an old World War Two radar station.

Flooding updates

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reports flood warnings have been removed for Oban, Dumbarton and Tayside. However coastal flooding is still possible overnight.

Flood alerts around Scotland
SEPA

Keep an eye on the flood warnings for your area on the

SEPA site.

Time for a poem

Traffic Scotland

tweets: The weather is bad, And traffic is busy, But don't worry drivers, Traffic Scotland is with ye ;) #StaySafe #winterinfo

Inspired?

Send us your poem about the storm

Top gusts

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

An 82mph wind gust recorded in South Uist (Western Isles) at 17:00. This beats the current top gust today of 81mph in Tiree earlier.

Latest from Largs

It is not the best night for a drive in Largs
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It is not the best night for a drive in Largs

Ferry update

Ferry Operator CalMac

tweets: UPDATE: #Oban - #Coll - #Tiree - tomorrow (11/12) the 0715 departure from #Oban delayed until a review is made at 1000.

A96 accident

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

On the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road, an accident just past the Dyce cut off is causing delays in the direction of Inverurie.

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Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Chas Moonie from Ayr sent us this photo from Ayr Harbour Pier, taken at about 14:00 today.

Ayr Harbour Pier
Chas Moonie

If you would like to send us your pictures from today's weather,

email them in.

Glasgow trains update

National Rail

tweets: Delays of up to 20 minutes through #Partick until at least 19:00

Skye bridge closed

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

The Skye Road Bridge is now closed because of the high winds.

Traffic troubles

Traffic Scotland tweets: A720 is busy this evening at Calder westbound due to broken down lorry. Also busy at Straiton.

Edinburgh traffic cams
Traffic Scotland

Glasgow train delays

Network Rail Scotland reported a points problem at Finnieston junction in Glasgow, which caused delays through Partick and Airdrie.

While the issue is resolved, the knock on effect is likely to cause problems for commuters.

Situation in Shetland

John Johnston

Lightning and high winds did plunge part of the north and the west of the island into darkness for a few hours this morning. Supplies are still lost to about 2,500 customers on the islands of Yell and Unst, and Brae on the west side.

With no power this morning the Islands Council had no choice but to close eight schools. Around 270 customers are still without power this evening, but Scottish and Southern Energy tell us they hope to have them back on by around 18:00.

All internal ferries have been running but there has been a few delays down at the main airport. At the harbour, lots of oil and fishing boats are sheltering there, and looking out to sea there has been some spectacular views of the large waves pounding the jagged coastline.

Latest from the Western Isles

BBC reporter Roddy Munro

There are still 162 customers in Harris without power, and about 368 in Uist. SSE says they hope to have the majority of these people reconnected by 19:00.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday took the decision that all schools, sports centres and libraries in the Western Isles would be closed and it is hoped that as the weather abates throughout the night that it will be business as usual tomorrow.

There have been no ferry sailings for the last two days, and CalMac are running an amended timetable.

CalMac cancellations

Ferry Operator CalMac has updated the list of their cancelled services due to the adverse weather.

Sailings between Wemyss Bay - Rothesay and Tobermory - Kilchoan are cancelled for the remainder of today.

Waves 'phenomenal' say coastguards

Storms in December aren't unusual, but it's the waves that mark this one out as a bit different.

Stornoway coastguards have described the sea state as phenomenal - a term they keep for only the most extreme conditions.

Off the west coast, the waves have been averaging between 14 and 15 metres (around 45 or 50ft) although some have been considerably higher.

144mph

The National Trust, which cares for the archipelago of St Kilda, said a wind speed of 144mph was recorded on the group of islands earlier today.

Cautious optimism over 'weather bomb'

Laura Maxwell

BBC Scotland

There is 'cautious optimism' that the worst of the weather is over, and that this so-called 'weather bomb' hasn't done quite the damage that it could have done.

It was the overnight lightning that caused the most problems for many people.

SSE said around 27,000 homes across the Western Isles and Skye were without power as well as pockets near Dingwall, Oban and Fort William, but the energy provider said most people have now been reconnected.

Tune in to

Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme to hear reports from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles and to get the latest on the storm.

Aberdeenshire latest

Aberdeenshire Council

tweets: The snow gates on the #B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road closed this afternoon and will remain closed overnight. #aberdeenshire #travel

Storm hits the coast

A train on the sea front in Saltcoats
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A train on the sea front in Saltcoats
This dog looks like it has had quite enough of the weather in Troon
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This dog looks like it has had quite enough of the weather in Troon
It was time for a picture for this man in Saltcoats
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It was time for a picture for this man in Saltcoats

Read the signs

The Forth Road Bridge has

tweeted this picture of the lorry whose driver panicked and stopped in high winds on the bridge after ignoring warning signs.

Lorry who panicked on the Forth Road Bridge
Forth Road Bridge

Ardrossan hit by the waves

ardrossan weather
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Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast
ferry at ardrossan
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A Caledonian MacBrayne leaving Ardorssan harbour

The scene in Saltcoats

A man gets close to the action in Saltcoats
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A man gets close to the action in Saltcoats
The Ayrshire town of Saltcoats was one of many places along the west coats of Britain hit by the weather
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The Ayrshire town was one of many places along the west coats of Britain hit by the weather

Storms in Ayrshire

Some of the picture agencies have been filing their snaps from today's weather in Scotland. Here are some of the best...

The sea in Saltcoats
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The sea in Saltcoats
Members of the public struggle with the weather in Troon
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Members of the public struggle with the weather in Troon
This man in Troon was probably wishing he had remembered his umbrella
Getty Images
This man in Troon was probably wishing he had remembered his umbrella

Lorry driver causes delays

A lorry driver has ignored warning signs on the Forth Road Bridge advising that it was closed to high-sided vehicles and is now stationery on the north bound carriageway of the bridge, causing delays.

Traffic Scotland said the lorry is causing queues back to the M90 Spur and "is in a very dangerous position on the bridge".

The

Forth Road Bridge Twitter account added: "Delays n/bound after a lorry ignored warnings then stopped at south tower. FRB staff removed vehicle and are handing over driver to police."

Weather - Your Pictures

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Alan Brown sent in this picture, looking west from the Stronsay school.

Lightning seen from Stronsay school
Alan Brown

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening the storm force winds will ease, however, it will remain windy with gale or severe gale force gusts across the country coming from a westerly direction.

Showers will continue to be frequent with further significant accumulations of snow on high ground and wintry showers to low levels. Expect blizzard conditions over high ground and routes. A cold night with overnight lows from freezing to 2C.

Tomorrow will be another windy day with strong to gale force westerly winds and further frequent wintry showers during the morning.

During the afternoon the showers will become confined to the west and north west with dry and brighter conditions for the south and east.

Ferries latest

Nearly all of Caledonian MacBrayne sailings are affected by the weather. Check their

website for more information.

Caledonian MacBrayne website
Caledonian MacBrayne

The tide is high

James Shaw

BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

High tide on the Clyde coast at Saltcoats.

Saltcoats
James Shaw

Gardens warning

Network Rail

tweets: We have a #shed on the line just east of #Bowling. Team on way to clear to maintain services #scotstorm Please secure things in your garden.

A picture from Largs

Viewer Russell McDonald sent us in this picture of Largs, adding he had seen the weather worse in the summer!

Largs
Russell McDonald

Your photos

Email: newsonline@bbc.co.uk

Alastair Skene took this photo north of Yesnaby towards Skaill on Orkney earlier today.

He said the sea was looking "a bit coorse!"

Stormy sea
ALAstair skene

Your Views

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Sam Toner, Gibshill: In honour of Arthur Montfort, the weather has been a 'stramash'.

Michael: In Ayrshire, this is called breezy.

Belfast sailings cancelled

Stena Line

services from Cairnryan to Belfast have been cancelled after a ferry collided with part of the south west Scotland terminal.

The incident happened as the vessel was coming into dock early on Tuesday.

Ferry
Dave Sands

Sailings between the Dumfries and Galloway port and Belfast have been suspended since the incident to allow the ship to be examined.

In a statement, Stena Line said there were no injuries and all passengers and crew had disembarked as normal.

Bus service pledge

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

National Express has pledged to keep its Dundee bus services running throughout the snowy spell forecast to hit the city.

National Express Dundee said it would have "staff on hand" to ensure there was as little disruption to services as possible.

Snowy bus
NATIONAL express

The operator said 90% of buses ran as normal during the city's last major snowfall in January.

Snow showers and freezing temperatures are forecast for Dundee through the rest of the week.

What is a weather bomb?

What does the term actually mean?

BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs explains.

Peter Gibbs
BBC