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Ferry services in chaos as wind warning issued

Disruption is expected on ferry services during Storm Abigail
Disruption is expected on ferry services during Storm Abigail

Ferry services are in chaos today as the first day of June arrived with a yellow weather warning for wind.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected later today and the Met Office has issued a weather warning.

Serving the Ardnamurchan peninsula, ferry services from Tobermory to Kilchoan will be on amber alert from noon, meaning that they will be may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice. Sailings later in the afternoon are looking doubtful.

For travel to Barra and South Uist, the 3.40pm sailing from Oban – Castlebay is also on amber alert.

MV Lord of the Isles departed Coll for Tiree nine minutes early at 10.31am. It was expected to arrive in Tiree at 11.30am. The ferry will not stop at Coll again today and will sail directly back to Oban.

The Oban to Colonsay and Islay service is on amber alert and may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

The isle of Harris is also affected. The 2pm sailing from Uig-Tarbert and the 4pm sailing from Tarbert-Uig are on amber alert.

The Mull to Iona service was on amber alert all morning, with sailings looking doubtful after noon.

The Oban to Lismore service was expected to be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice from 2pm onwards.

Serving the isle of Mull, the Oban to Craignure ferry was going on amber alert from noon onwards.

For North Uist, the 6pm Uig to Lochmaddy ferry is on amber alert.

Sailings to Armadale on Skye from Mallaig were on amber alert throughout the day.

The sailings from Mallaig to the Small Isles of Canna, Eigg Muck and Rum were operating on an amended timetable.

A spokesman for ferry operator CalMac apologised for any inconvenience.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “An unseasonably windy spell is likely across many parts of the UK later on Monday, overnight and well into Tuesday, as active frontal systems sweep across the UK.

“An initial swathe of southerly gales accompanied by heavy rain will move east across many parts later on Monday, giving gusts of 40-50mph widely but 60-70mph across exposed Irish Sea and perhaps some English Channel coasts.

“Winds will become west or southwesterly on Tuesday, with further gusts to 40-50 mph more locally, before gradually easing later. Large waves will affect some coasts in the west and south at times.”

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