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Road in the Western Isles closed due to weather conditions

The Stornoway Coastguard
The Stornoway Coastguard

A road in the Western Isles has been closed by police tonight as harsh weather conditions sweep across the area.

The Braighe causeway became impassable for motorists as heavy winds and tidal waves battered the coast.

Following an assessment by local officers, the decision was taken to close the A866 route in an effort to maintain safety of motorists on the island.

Members of the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team remained on standby to monitor the conditions as high tide came in shortly before 7pm.

However, as conditions worsened, the team were instructed to block the route.

Taking to social media, a spokesman said: “At the request of Police Scotland, The Braighe causeway, Isle of Lewis is now closed to all vehicles.”

Ferry passengers were also bearing the brunt of the conditions on the west coast as various services were cancelled as a result of the adverse weather.

Crossings between Sconser and Raasay on the Isle of Skye were cancelled for the remainder of the day as services between Ardmhor and Eriskay were also called to a halt.

The announcement came as ferry operator Calmac announced the cancellation and alteration of numerous scheduled crossings today due to the forecasted weather.

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