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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Laura Cuthill and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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

    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.

  4. Skye Bridge partially reopens

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

  5. The storm in Orkney

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

    Orkney in the storms

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

  6. 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

    Keep an eye on the flood warnings for your area on the SEPA site.

  7. 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

  8. Top gusts

    BBC Scotland Weather


    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.

  9. Latest from Largs

    It is not the best night for a drive in Largs
    Image caption: It is not the best night for a drive in Largs
  10. 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.

  11. A96 accident

    BBC Scotland Travel


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

  12. Get Involved


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

    Ayr Harbour Pier

    If you would like to send us your pictures from today's weather, email them in.

  13. Glasgow trains update

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

  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. Storm hits the coast

    A train on the sea front in Saltcoats
    Image caption: A train on the sea front in Saltcoats
    This dog looks like it has had quite enough of the weather in Troon
    Image caption: 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
    Image caption: It was time for a picture for this man in Saltcoats
  24. 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
  25. Ardrossan hit by the waves

    ardrossan weather
    Image caption: Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast
    ferry at ardrossan
    Image caption: A Caledonian MacBrayne leaving Ardorssan harbour
  26. The scene in Saltcoats

    A man gets close to the action in Saltcoats
    Image caption: 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
    Image caption: The Ayrshire town was one of many places along the west coats of Britain hit by the weather
  27. 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
    Image caption: The sea in Saltcoats
    Members of the public struggle with the weather in Troon
    Image caption: Members of the public struggle with the weather in Troon
    This man in Troon was probably wishing he had remembered his umbrella
    Image caption: This man in Troon was probably wishing he had remembered his umbrella
  28. 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."

  29. Weather - Your Pictures


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

    Lightning seen from Stronsay school
  30. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    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.

  31. Ferries latest

    Nearly all of Caledonian MacBrayne sailings are affected by the weather. Check their website for more information.

    Caledonian MacBrayne website
  32. The tide is high

    James Shaw

    BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

    High tide on the Clyde coast at Saltcoats.

  33. 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.

  34. A picture from Largs

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

  35. Your photos


    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
  36. Your Views

    Text 80295

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

    Michael: In Ayrshire, this is called breezy.

  37. 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.


    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.

  38. 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

    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.

  39. Travel latest all in one place

    You can keep up-to-date with all the latest travel news in this handy page with links to all the main groups such as Network Rail and Transport Scotland.

    BBC travel page
  40. Roads latest

    The A9 Dornoch Bridge is once again closed to high sided vehicles.

    In the Western Isles, Eriskay Causeway has reopened but Vatersay Causeway remains closed.

    High winds are still forecast and roads in the area are still affected by spray and standing water, so drive with care.

  41. Live warning map

    Check out our live map of flood warnings, created from information supplied by the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

    live weather map
  42. Power restored

    The energy supplier SSE says power has been restored to 27,000 customers in Scotland who were cut off in today's storm.

    The firm says 4,000 homes remain without power, but hopes the majority of which will be reconnected later. Most of the affected properties were in the Western Isles.

    There were also cuts on the Isle of Skye and the Northern Isles, as well as in Dingwall, Fort William and Oban on the Scottish mainland.

  43. The UK's winter 'weather bomb' in maps

    It started with a surf report. On Monday Devon-based website began to warn of swells of up to 40ft (12m). website

    Dubbed "Black Wednesday", as the storm approached it was identified as a explosive cyclogenesis, known as a "weather bomb".

    But what does this look like in map form? Doug Kennedy has pulled them altogether in this useful guide.

  44. Storms - In Pictures

    Towering waves crashed onto the cliffs in Orkney
    Image caption: Towering waves crashed onto the cliffs in Orkney
    Trees were brought down in Mount Florida, Glasgow, as the storm hit
    Image caption: Trees were brought down in Mount Florida, Glasgow, as the storm hit
    A boat battles through the waves off the Isle of Lewis
    Image caption: A boat battles through the waves off the Isle of Lewis
  45. Weather words - Get Involved

    Text using 80295

    Chris from Blackpool: Bad weather?! This used to be called perfect illuminations weather!

  46. Weather words - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    David Parr, Neilston: Word to describe this weather... home!

    Marc Smith: We're a bunch of softies! My granny would have called this "a good drying day!"

    Anonymous: Wild weather? Didn't stop the two Lycra clad numpties I saw cycling towards Callander this morning! What were they thinking?

    Ronnie, Perth: Scots equivalents for Weather Bomb. Blatter, Blouster, Doister, Flaff, Flocht, Gouster, Grashloch, Gurl, Howder, Jaup, Rumballiach, Scudder, Sweevil, Tousie.

  47. Word play

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Right: what one Scottish word describes this weather? Text me 80295 or just write it here, will read out on air...

  48. World's biggest

    The Press and Journal

    tweets: This image shows that the biggest waves in the world are currently just of the coast of Oban.

    Map of biggest waves

    Read the full story here.

  49. Video: Huge waves in Orkney

    Video shows huge waves crashing on the coast at Birsay, in the Orkney Islands, as a "weather bomb" hits Scotland.

    Waves crash on Orkney

    Severe storms have been battering parts of north and west coast causing disruption to power supplies, bridge crossings, ferry and rail services.

  50. Spelling test

    Freelance journalist Nick Rougvie tweets: Edinburgh has suddenly gone all apocl.....apocaylip....apollocly...dark and rainy. #weatherbomb

  51. Get Involved


    This morning, the roof camera at BBC Scotland captured the stormy weather moving in over the River Clyde after the Met Office issued warnings of high winds across much of the country.

    River Clyde

    Watch the video, and send us your pictures by email.

  52. Glasgow-Edinburgh trains

    National Rail tweets: Trains between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via #Shotts are now running normally following disruption caused by a signalling problem.

  53. Stricken trawler safe

    The 'O Genita' trawler which was damaged by large waves off the coast of Westray has now reached safety at Pierowall on the island.

    The O'Genita
  54. Latest from the buses

    On Lewis and Harris, the bus services will be reviewed for those departing after 18:00, when the amber weather period ends.

    In the meantime, a number of buses will be suspended this afternoon including Stornoway to Tarbert and Westside Circular via Barvas.

  55. Roads latest

    For drivers of high sided vehicles, the A9 Dornoch Bridge is now open but the Erskine Bridge is closed.

    Meanwhile, the snow gates on the A93 at the Spittal of Glenshee and Braemar are closed.

  56. Countdown to high tide

    James Shaw

    BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

    Storm clouds clear over Firth of Clyde but worst of weather may not be over. Waiting for high tide at 14:00

    Firth of Clyde
  57. Highland schools update

    Almost 50 schools and nurseries are now shut in the Highland Council area.

    The closures involve 2,312 children.

  58. Power update

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Electricity supplies to most homes in the Western Isles have been reconnected, according to islanders.

    The power firm SSE said earlier this morning that 17,500 properties on the islands were cut off.

    The company say they are still dealing with blackouts on the Scottish mainland in Dingwall, Fort William and Oban as well as on the Isle of Skye and in the Northern and Western Isles.

    There is some confusion over the exact numbers which are still affected.

    Scottish Power, which covers the southern half of Scotland, says it is not aware of any weather-related faults at present.

  59. Weather Q&A

    BBC Weather


    #Weatherbomb question? John will be here between 1-2pm today replying to you. Tweet us your question using #askJohnH

    John Hammond
  60. #weatherbomb

    While the so-called 'weather bomb' batters Scotland's west coast and the far north, it is fair to say many of the Scots who have taken to Twitter to discuss the weather have been doing so in jest over the lack of stormy weather on their doorsteps.

    @Lexatar is one of them. They tweet: Aftermath of the #WeatherBomb in Renfrewshire.

    weather bomb joke
  61. Light up the sky

    BBC Weather

    This shows the #lightning from the last few hours. Hundreds of homes affected by power cuts. Jo #storm #UKstorm

  62. Christmas spirit

    The organisers of Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have announced on Facebook what attractions are closed as a result of the adverse weather.

    While Santa Land, the Star Flyer, the Big Wheel and the East Princes Street Gardens Double Carousel are currently shut, the markets and the ice rink are open for usual.

    It seems it will take a bit more than some very strong winds to dampen the Christmas spirit in the capital.

  63. Ferry good news

    Argyll Ferries has resumed an hourly service between Gourock and Dunoon.

    Meanwhile all sailings on the Oban to Craignure route have now been cancelled for today due to high winds.

  64. Cairngorm wind speeds

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Cairngorm Mountain ski centre says wind speeds of 80mph have been recorded at the top station of the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.

    CairnGorm funicular railway

    Gusts of 100mph were recorded at the station on Tuesday.

    The railway is closed because of the weather.

  65. Falkirk cycle

    Ewan Brycetweets: Tackled the #weatherbomb head on this morning. Conditions weren't all that bad here in Falkirk. More like a parp than a bomb. #cycling

  66. Weather - Your Pictures


    Raining cats and dogs or blowing a hoolie where you are?

    Send us your pictures here.

  67. Tiree latest

    BBC Scotland Weather


    81mph wind gust recorded on Tiree.

  68. Western Isles update

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    The Vatersay and Eriskay causeways on the Westerns Isles have been closed.

    The causeways, which help to link up roads on the islands, have been overtopped by waves.

  69. Trapped vehicles freed

    A number of vehicles which had become trapped at the Cairn 'O Mount in Aberdeenshire have been freed.

    Around 20 were stuck on the Banchory to Fettercairn route due to ice.

    A gritter was sent to the scene.

  70. Batten down the gazebos

    Network Rail tweets: #scotstorm Please remember to secure things in your garden, we've already had a gazebo on the line near Alexandria Station...

  71. Skye bridge latest

    Traffic Scotland tweets: Skye back to just high winds! All traffic can cross

  72. Rail services

    There are a number of alterations and cancellations to train services today. Customers are being advised to check the ScotRail website before they travel.

    Jacqueline Dey, Operations and Safety Director at ScotRail, said: "We will continue to work with Network Rail throughout the day and for example, if the high tide which is due about 14:30, if it was subsiding earlier, we would be able to reinstate the trains between Kilwinning, Largs and Ardrossan.

    "So anywhere Network Rail can confirm the lines are clear, we will then start to put the services back in."

  73. Raasay ferry

    Ferry Operator CalMac tweets: Due to a slight improvement in the weather, there will be an 0955 sailing attempted from #Raasay - #Sconser

  74. Weather - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Davie, Skye: You know it's windy up here when the sheep roll down the road past you when your driving!

    Chris, Edinburgh: I am having to drive from Lasswade to Peterhead and so far it's fine. Seems transport Scotland have and are doing a great job!

    Alastair: I live on West coast north of Ullapool, wind at 4am was 74 mph now down to about 40 mph this is just a winter gale.

  75. Update on Orkney trawler

    Shetland coastguard say a lifeboat is expected to arrive to escort a damaged fishing boat to shelter in North Sound.

    A wave hit the bridge of the trawler knocking out several windows. Weather conditions are described as severe with waves bigger than the boat.

    The Shetland coastguard helicopter, which was at the scene, was forced to land on Westray because of lightning in the area.

  76. Gale warning

    BBC Weather

    Severe #gales likely to cause some disruption today. Winds peak later this afternoon.

    Weather warning
  77. Update from Uist

    BBC Scotland Weather


    79mph wind gust recorded on South Uist.

  78. Surfing weather?

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Away from Scotland, some of the world's top surfers are watching the conditions at sea with interest.

    The huge swells being created by the Atlantic storm are expected to result in potentially record-breaking sized waves off Nazare in Portugal.

    A surfer at Nazare

    In 2011 at Nazare, Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record for the large wave surfed.

    The 45-year-old caught a 78ft wave, beating the previous 2008 record by more than a foot.

    According to, a website that produces swell charts used by surfers, several international surfers are in or head to Nazare.

  79. Skye Bridge

    The Skye Bridge is now closed to high-sided vehicles, tweets Traffic Scotland.

  80. Post update


    Channel 4 News presenter Alex Thomson

    Alex Thomson tweets: Blimey - arriving Glasgow 09.10 where it is still virtually dark!

  81. Schools open

    Renfrewshire Council tweets: All schools in Renfrewshire are open today.

  82. Tune in

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Morning Call right now - tell @LWhiteMedia if you're affected by the 'weather bomb'? Do you prepare for winter weather? 0500 92 95 00 or tweet.

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  83. Highland closures

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    More than 30 schools and nurseries are closed in the Highlands. The closures affect 2,082 children.

  84. Weather - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Ian: Rain, rain loads of rain what would [we] do if it was snow? A massive crash of thunder this morning at around 06:30 - very loud, woke me to the point I jumped out of bed thinking something had happened outside and to the house.

    Kenneth, Islay: This is Scotland!!! It is winter! This is normal! It is called a gale! Why the big fuss?

  85. Cyclogenesis cycling

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Cycled in today, them sideways gusts are fun, hope all of you on two wheels are well.

  86. Icy conditions

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Some 20 vehicles stuck in icy conditions at Cairn O' Mount on the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road in Aberdeenshire. #scotstorm

  87. Bridge update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    An update on the bridges - the Forth Road Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles, and the Tay Road Bridge is only open to cars.

  88. 'Keep this in context'

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney was part of a meeting of the Scottish government's resilience committee last night, planning for the bad weather.

    "Essentially what we discussed was the co-ordination of planning arrangements round the country to make sure all of the steps that could be taken in advance of the significant weather, could be put in place," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland.

    "We have an amber warning in place and it has been in place since the weekend. Essentially the amber warning is: 'be prepared' for disruption.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney

    "What is also means is that the power companies, for example, who were part of the call last night, have deployed additional resources around the country to ensure they have more than 300 linesmen to be available to restore power supplies.

    "It's all about taking the precautions we can and mitigate disruption to members of the public.

    "It's important to keep this in context, it's not a surprise that Scotland faces severe winter weather. We face it to a greater or lesser extent every year. This morning we're wrestling with a number of different issues.

    "We're wrestling with very high wind speeds, which are not that uncommon in the Western Isles for example, but they are still severe and need to be prepared for.

    "We're wrestling with the possibility of coastal flooding because of the sea surges and strength of waves that are likely to come, and in other parts of the country we're wrestling with the issues of snow on the A9 and M74 and we also will, I suspect, be dealing with a bit of flooding on some of the river systems in Scotland but mainly on agricultural land."

  89. Weather - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Anonymous: #weather bomb. An 'Americanism.' What would be the Scots word? Stooshie, Stramash....?

    Martyn, Glasgow: Bad sleet and snow on Stockiemuir Road - Bearsden to Drymen very treacherous driving conditions - slow down and be safe!

  90. Western Isles power update

    Morven Smith, from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), has spoken to Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland about the power outage on the Western Isles.

    "We do have around 17,500 homes in the Western Isles without power and we'd like to apologise for that," said.

    "We've got our engineers heading to the power stations that we have in Stornoway and South Uist and they will power up those over the next hour and a half.

    "We have seen some really strong winds overnight so we believe that it is weather related but we just want to restore power to our customers before the engineers have a look and figure out what happened. We hope to have supplies sorted by 10:30 at the latest,

    "We do take precautionary measures, we were aware of the severe weather so we have moved staff, resources and equipment around to the areas we felt were going to be badly affected."

  91. Western Isles update

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Engineers hope to restore power to 17,500 homes in the Western Isles by 10.30am @SSE tell #bbcgms.

  92. SEPA advice

    Richard Brown, head of hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), told Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that their systems are indicating flooding may not be as severe as predicted.

    "I should say we have no major concerns over the larger rivers today, most of the rain is locked up as snow in the higher ground so the rivers shouldn't be a problem." he said.

    "There will, of course, be localised flooding but our main focus is on coastal flooding."

    Waves at Prestwick

    He added: "The flood alert for coastal areas covers the entire west coast from Ayrshire and Arran right up through the Western and Northern Isles and into Orkney and Shetland."

    SEPA advise people to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions, especially along more exposed coastal areas.

    The latest flood updates can be found on their website.

  93. Weather - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Michael: News. First we have Black Friday, now it's Weather bomb. How many more Americanisms can we import this month? Can we not use our own words?

    Ewan Macdonald: Travelling from Beauly to Crianlarich (currently at Fort William) and already experienced high winds, horizontal rain, snow, black ice, flooding and lighting. Good Scottish weather!

  94. Ferry update

    CalMac Service Infotweets: The 09:00 from #Oban and 10:00 from #Lismore are cancelled due to high winds. Review at 12:00 with regards to afternoon sailings.

  95. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Power out in the Western Isles so latest from @SSE #bbcgms 0810. Followed by advice from Scottish Govt @JohnSwinney #scotstorm

  96. #weatherbomb consequences


    BBC weatherman Simon King

    Ready for the consequences of the #weatherbomb? It certainly looks impressive...

    Weather graphic
  97. What the papers say

    Shifting focus momentarily away from the "weather bomb" coverage, the Scottish Sun leads with the headline "Hunt for Spy Sub".


    It says an international sea hunt was launched after a spy submarine was spotted close to the Faslane nuclear HQ.

    Meanwhile, The National's front page says: "The VIP witness at our historic same-sex marriage... the first minister."

    It says Nicola Sturgeon will be present when civil partners Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott finally get to tie the knot in Glasgow on Hogmanay.

    Read our newspaper round-up here.

  98. Rail disruptions

    Jacqueline Dey, Operations and Safety Director at First ScotRail, says unaffected rail services have "started well" this morning.

    Speaking on BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme, she added: "We have replacement buses between Kilwinning, Largs and Ardrossan; and between Dumbarton and Helensburgh.

    "We've also secured buses between Inverness and Dingwall. We're dealing with our supplier to see, once the roads are considered to be clear, where we could put additional buses on."

  99. Wind speeds

    BBC Scotland Weather


    tweets: Top wind gusts (mph): S.Uist 77, Islay 77, Machrihanish 73, Stornoway 69, Tiree 66, Oban 63, Drumalbin 63, Lerwick 62, Skye 62, Salsburgh 61

  100. A92 update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    A92 from Cowdenbeath to Lochgelly. Accident and really heavy traffic. Weather conditions - icy and rainy.

  101. Dornoch Bridge

    Traffic Scotland tweets: Dornoch Bridge is now just a High Winds warning. It's no longer closed to High Sided Vehicles.... for now!

  102. Lifeboat launched

    Stromness lifeboat has been called out after a Spanish fishing boat radioed in a Mayday after being hit by a large wave off the west coast of Orkney.

    It is understood the wheelhouse windows of the trawler were smashed in the incident. The exact position of the fishing boat is not known but coastguards say that it will take the lifeboat some time to reach the vessel.

  103. Western Isles blackout

    The whole of the Western Isles are without power.

    About 17,000 customers have no electricity. SSE say they hope to have fixed the fault by 10:30.

    Hundreds of homes have also been affected by power cuts in the Highlands and in West Lochaber.

  104. Met Office update

    Ken McEwan, from the Met Office, told Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that most of the country will see more of the same weather throughout the day, with the north west and Northern Isles worst affected.

    He said: "The bulk of the country will see mean speeds of about 35-40mph, with gusts of 50 or 60mph but in the showers today the winds will get up quite readily to up to 70mph gusts and there will be the odd gust of up to 80mph in the showers. swell charts

    "Far west coastal fringes and round the north west and Northern Isles and Western Isles of Scotland will see stronger winds, almost violent storm force and we'll see gusts certainly around the 80mph mark, particularly in those gusty showers. I wouldn't rule out some gusts of 90mph in the far north west."

    He added that it would take a while for the storm to clear.

    "It's going to be a very slow process, that is a really large area of low pressure and it's only slowly moving east wards so we'll keep in that very strong wind flow today, tonight and tomorrow.

    "It will slowly ease tomorrow and we will eventually see a reduction in the showers later tomorrow with the winds coming down."

  105. 'Sky being ripped apart'

    Laura Bicker

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Friends on Western Isles tell me the thunder there sounds like the sky is being ripped apart #scotstorm #weatherbomb

  106. Travel warning

    Inspector Bryan McGeogh, from Police Scotland, said: "I would advise people to travel with caution across the country.

    "Very high winds are expected which could impact on the road network, rail travel, ferries and bridges and driving in these conditions could be particularly hazardous."

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the "exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge" were expected to produce unusually high tides and large waves along the west coast of the country.

  107. Bridge problems

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Gusts of more than 75mph reported on Skye Bridge, more than 70mph on Forth and Tay Bridges, @trafficscotland tell #bbcgms. #scotstorm

  108. Rail disruption

    A number of rail services have been withdrawn. No trains will run on the following lines:

    • Inverness-Kyle/Thurso/Wick
    • Ayr-Stranraer
    • Kilwinning-Ardrossan/Largs
    • Dumbarton Central-Helensburgh Central
    • Glasgow Queen St-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig (including the Caledonian Sleeper)
    Rail services
  109. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Latest on effects of #scotstorm on road and rail network from @trafficscotland & @ScotRail #bbcgms 0710

    BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme

    You can listen live to Good Morning Scotland here.

  110. Weather - In Pictures

    Traffic Scotland tweets: Take care during high winds, pay attention to bridge restrictions, don't want this to happen again... #StaySafe

    Lorry overturned
  111. Services hit

    All schools, nurseries, libraries and council sports facilities in the Western Isles will remain closed on Wednesday.

    The Skye Bridge is closed completely, while the Forth Road Bridge, Erskine Bridge and Tay Road Bridge are closed to high-sided vehicles.

    Many ferries have been cancelled including the Ardrossan to Brodick crossings, Kennacraig to Islay and Stornoway to Ullapool.

    Network Rail said the vast majority of the train network would be running but they had withdrawn services in the more exposed areas such as coastal routes and the far north line up towards Wick and Thurso.

  112. Weather - Your Views

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    A Armitstead: The Achiltibuie area has already had 74 mph gust at 04:00 hrs with thunder and lightening currently wind is 40 mph with pressure falling very rapidly.

    Anonymous: Rail replacement buses are running Ayr to Stranraer.

    Nick: Absolutely amazing thunder and lighting just north of Stranraer. Flashing about every 30 seconds.

  113. Weather - Your Views

    Have you been affected by the bad weather? Share your experiences via text to 80295, email us at or tweet using #scotstorm to offer your pictures/comments.

  114. What is a weather bomb?

    The rapid cyclogenesis - known colloquially as a "weather bomb" - is a deep, low-pressure system moving slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland.

    BBC weather's Peter Gibbs explains.

    BBC weather report
  115. Scotland braced for bad weather

    Severe gales and flooding are expected to cause disruption as a so-called "weather bomb" batters Scotland.

    Met Office amber "be prepared" warnings are in place for the west coast and the Highlands and islands.

    Evidence of the emerging storm could be seen at Saltcoats, Ayrshire

    A yellow "be aware" warning covers the rest of the country.

    Ferry, rail and road services were disrupted on Tuesday as winds strengthened. Waves of up to 40ft have been forecast and flood warnings are also in place.

  116. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to a special weather edition of Scotland Live, rebranded as Weather Bomb Live, with storms affecting travel throughout the country.