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Storm Barbara has battered its way across Scotland, causing power
cuts, school closures and tough travelling conditions.
Many ferry services have been cancelled and there's disruption
Festive events have also been affected due to high winds.
It's meant a challenging Christmas getaway for many people.
Aileen Clarke reports on Barbara's impact.
By noon Storm Barbara was making her presence felt
Passengers for Rothesay could only watch and wait.
Here at Wemyss Bay, they haven't managed any crossings at all
That is because here on the pier it is gusting up to 70
Some crossings came back on in the afternoon but these
intrepid visitors decided it was not the day for
From last three days I am here and I am facing these
Whenever you go out, every day you have a new surprise!
All along the west coast, most of the CalMac
Many people have travelled earlier but for those still trying
to make it to family and friends, it is fingers
crossed for a break in the weather tomorrow.
We are looking at a window after three o'clock
tomorrow but we can't guarantee that people could be
So it might be that there's no boats before Christmas?
However, we are reviewing it ongoing, and we will
put announcements out as we can define that.
On the railways, a few more west coast services ran
than had been expected, though flooded
lines have caused a problem on some cross-border services.
For those driving, the Forth Bridge, like many others around
the country, was closed to high-sided vehicles.
In the Highlands, more than 100 schools started
their Christmas holidays a day early.
And on the east coast, Storm Barbara brought
the Edinburgh Christmas Market to a stop until she blew through.
It has been on Lewis and the other Western Isles where the winds have
really been showing their strength, reaching 75 miles
This retired power station was pressed back into service after a
power cut and with the animals safely inside, there was time
to battle through the gales in Stornoway with gifts.
I've done all I can, moved livestock into sheltered areas,
made sure they are safe with no debris lying about
The hens are locked down as part of the poultry
lockdown, so they are safe and hopefully I will sleep soundly
over the next couple of nights, I've done everything I can now, anyway.
Storm Barbara is expected to clear tomorrow but
That will cause disruption, likely to be generally located
in the Northern Isles - Orkney and Shetland -
but perhaps touching the tip of Caithness as well and that's
But before that, tonight in the Northern Isles,
they are bracing themselves for the worst winds
Our reporter Craig Anderson has been assessing the storm's effects
in the north of the country and earlier sent this report
Well, the winds may have reached their peak about earlier, but there
were still travel problems tonight with two planes heading for
Stornoway forced to turn back to both Inverness and Aberdeen as they
were unable to land because of the weather conditions. Stornoway
airport closed shortly afterwards. The winds are due to abate overnight
but with that comes a drop in temperatures and because of that,
more of this stuff, snow. I am on one of the highest sections of the
A9 between Inverness and Perth and the forecasters have said there will
be quite heavy showers of snow on the ground up 200 metres up to about
ten centimetres and that two to three centimetres on lower ground.
Tomorrow that could lead to treacherous driving conditions.
Police said because of the travel chaos today there could be more
people on the boards tomorrow and their message is this, I just your
driving to suit the conditions, that means leaving plenty of time for
your journey, leaving plenty of distance between you and a vehicle
in front and also perhaps taking things like a torch, extra warm
clothing and also something to eat on the way, just in case you get
stuck. Storm Barbara may have passed, but the effects of that
storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow as well.
Craig Anderson. Six months ago today,
a majority of voters backed The decision to opt for Brexit
was a moment of enormous political significance but the future
is still very unclear. Our political correspondent
Andrew Kerr reports. The European Union referendum,
which will lead to Brexit, Now the new Prime Minister has
to lead the negotiations. And the vote reopened the Scottish
independence question. It was on a bright day
in June when the UK voted Six months on in the deep midwinter
in the midst of a storm we are still not much clearer
about what Brexit means. A new report from independent
academics suggests that the UK Government's unwillingness
to explain what Brexit I think the public is more puzzled
about what is going on but where there is real surprise is in public
administrations and other national capitals cos those
across the English Channel are getting increasingly frustrated
at the lack of definition This week the Scottish Government
released their proposals to protect Scotland's place in Europe,
as they put it, they want the Prime Minister to
make arguments clear. In Scotland we have published a very
detailed account of our objectives. We have a vision of
what should take place. I suspect Theresa May has not
shown her cards because there's nothing on her cards,
she does not know what she wants and if she doesn't know that that's
pretty disastrous for the whole of the country and other
countries in Europe. Perhaps Theresa May is isolated
in Europe with few friends but... Her strategy is not to reveal the
plan at the moment. People talk about what sort
of Brexit it will be, we want a red white and blue Brexit,
the right one for the UK. UK ministers were not
available today but did say they were confident they would get
a deal that would work that will start Britain's exit
from the EU. Football, and Aberdeen beat
Motherwell 3-1 in their Scottish Niall McGinn hit his side's third
goal to seal victory at Fir Park. Elsewhere, Dundee beat Hearts 3-2,
Kilmarnock lost 1-0 to St Johnstone and Ross County lost 3-1 to Partick
Thistle. Well, it's over to Kawser now
with the weather outlook Good evening. Well, it is still a
very windy out there but the strongest gusts have surpassed from
storm Barbara but we will continue to see wintry showers as we head
through the night. You can see Storm Barbara is to the North of us by the
isobars remain tight and we have seen some wintry showers across the
North with some snow at lower levels for a time. There is a Met Office
VLB were warning overnight and it across the far North for the Western
Isles and the Northern Isles we can expect some strong gusts. For the
rest of the night, still quite breezy and the risk of icy stretches
across the North of the Central Belt, snow and ice warnings are in
force from the Met office overnight as temperatures dipped close to
freezing and we will continue with those wintry showers falling any
North as sweet and small. Falling as rain any South. It will be a cold
start to Christmas Eve, when the web gales for the farm but compared to
today, the winds will be moderate and it is a better bet for
travelling during the course of the day although we will see more and
the way of outbreaks of rain across the South West. If you are planning
any last-minute Christmas shopping tomorrow afternoon or have any
travel plans there will be wintry showers and they could be quite
hazardous over that Hiya road routes with that small following. Some
brighter moments in between the showers, especially across the East
coast. Bitterly cold, Isil 56 degrees. It will feel cold with the
wind chill. Storm Barbara has left us but Storm Conor is heading
towards us on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day. There will be
strong winds and outbreaks of rain but milder air so we start of
Christmas Day with mild error. Temperatures are in the double
digits, 12 of the 14 degrees Celsius for the North East, potentially
record-breaking. Strong winds will continue across the North West and
we expect gusts of up to 60 mph with warnings in force. On Christmas Day
night we are expecting wintry weather so it might be a white
Christmas to end but for Boxing Day it will remain windy in the North
with warnings in force, becoming more settled by the end of the day.
From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow
and around the country, goodnight and have