23/12/2016 Reporting Scotland


23/12/2016

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Storm Barbara has battered its way across Scotland, causing power

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cuts, school closures and tough travelling conditions.

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Many ferry services have been cancelled and there's disruption

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Festive events have also been affected due to high winds.

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It's meant a challenging Christmas getaway for many people.

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Aileen Clarke reports on Barbara's impact.

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By noon Storm Barbara was making her presence felt

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Passengers for Rothesay could only watch and wait.

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Here at Wemyss Bay, they haven't managed any crossings at all

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That is because here on the pier it is gusting up to 70

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Some crossings came back on in the afternoon but these

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intrepid visitors decided it was not the day for

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From last three days I am here and I am facing these

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Whenever you go out, every day you have a new surprise!

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All along the west coast, most of the CalMac

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Many people have travelled earlier but for those still trying

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to make it to family and friends, it is fingers

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crossed for a break in the weather tomorrow.

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We are looking at a window after three o'clock

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tomorrow but we can't guarantee that people could be

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So it might be that there's no boats before Christmas?

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However, we are reviewing it ongoing, and we will

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put announcements out as we can define that.

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On the railways, a few more west coast services ran

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than had been expected, though flooded

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lines have caused a problem on some cross-border services.

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For those driving, the Forth Bridge, like many others around

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the country, was closed to high-sided vehicles.

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In the Highlands, more than 100 schools started

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their Christmas holidays a day early.

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And on the east coast, Storm Barbara brought

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the Edinburgh Christmas Market to a stop until she blew through.

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It has been on Lewis and the other Western Isles where the winds have

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really been showing their strength, reaching 75 miles

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This retired power station was pressed back into service after a

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power cut and with the animals safely inside, there was time

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to battle through the gales in Stornoway with gifts.

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I've done all I can, moved livestock into sheltered areas,

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made sure they are safe with no debris lying about

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The hens are locked down as part of the poultry

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lockdown, so they are safe and hopefully I will sleep soundly

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over the next couple of nights, I've done everything I can now, anyway.

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Storm Barbara is expected to clear tomorrow but

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That will cause disruption, likely to be generally located

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in the Northern Isles - Orkney and Shetland -

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but perhaps touching the tip of Caithness as well and that's

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But before that, tonight in the Northern Isles,

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they are bracing themselves for the worst winds

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Our reporter Craig Anderson has been assessing the storm's effects

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in the north of the country and earlier sent this report

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Well, the winds may have reached their peak about earlier, but there

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were still travel problems tonight with two planes heading for

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Stornoway forced to turn back to both Inverness and Aberdeen as they

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were unable to land because of the weather conditions. Stornoway

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airport closed shortly afterwards. The winds are due to abate overnight

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but with that comes a drop in temperatures and because of that,

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more of this stuff, snow. I am on one of the highest sections of the

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A9 between Inverness and Perth and the forecasters have said there will

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be quite heavy showers of snow on the ground up 200 metres up to about

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ten centimetres and that two to three centimetres on lower ground.

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Tomorrow that could lead to treacherous driving conditions.

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Police said because of the travel chaos today there could be more

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people on the boards tomorrow and their message is this, I just your

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driving to suit the conditions, that means leaving plenty of time for

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your journey, leaving plenty of distance between you and a vehicle

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in front and also perhaps taking things like a torch, extra warm

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clothing and also something to eat on the way, just in case you get

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stuck. Storm Barbara may have passed, but the effects of that

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storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow as well.

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Craig Anderson. Six months ago today,

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a majority of voters backed The decision to opt for Brexit

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was a moment of enormous political significance but the future

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is still very unclear. Our political correspondent

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Andrew Kerr reports. The European Union referendum,

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which will lead to Brexit, Now the new Prime Minister has

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to lead the negotiations. And the vote reopened the Scottish

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independence question. It was on a bright day

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in June when the UK voted Six months on in the deep midwinter

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in the midst of a storm we are still not much clearer

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about what Brexit means. A new report from independent

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academics suggests that the UK Government's unwillingness

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to explain what Brexit I think the public is more puzzled

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about what is going on but where there is real surprise is in public

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administrations and other national capitals cos those

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across the English Channel are getting increasingly frustrated

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at the lack of definition This week the Scottish Government

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released their proposals to protect Scotland's place in Europe,

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as they put it, they want the Prime Minister to

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make arguments clear. In Scotland we have published a very

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detailed account of our objectives. We have a vision of

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what should take place. I suspect Theresa May has not

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shown her cards because there's nothing on her cards,

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she does not know what she wants and if she doesn't know that that's

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pretty disastrous for the whole of the country and other

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countries in Europe. Perhaps Theresa May is isolated

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in Europe with few friends but... Her strategy is not to reveal the

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plan at the moment. People talk about what sort

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of Brexit it will be, we want a red white and blue Brexit,

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the right one for the UK. UK ministers were not

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available today but did say they were confident they would get

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a deal that would work that will start Britain's exit

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from the EU. Football, and Aberdeen beat

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Motherwell 3-1 in their Scottish Niall McGinn hit his side's third

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goal to seal victory at Fir Park. Elsewhere, Dundee beat Hearts 3-2,

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Kilmarnock lost 1-0 to St Johnstone and Ross County lost 3-1 to Partick

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Thistle. Well, it's over to Kawser now

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with the weather outlook Good evening. Well, it is still a

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very windy out there but the strongest gusts have surpassed from

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storm Barbara but we will continue to see wintry showers as we head

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through the night. You can see Storm Barbara is to the North of us by the

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isobars remain tight and we have seen some wintry showers across the

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North with some snow at lower levels for a time. There is a Met Office

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VLB were warning overnight and it across the far North for the Western

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Isles and the Northern Isles we can expect some strong gusts. For the

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rest of the night, still quite breezy and the risk of icy stretches

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across the North of the Central Belt, snow and ice warnings are in

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force from the Met office overnight as temperatures dipped close to

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freezing and we will continue with those wintry showers falling any

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North as sweet and small. Falling as rain any South. It will be a cold

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start to Christmas Eve, when the web gales for the farm but compared to

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today, the winds will be moderate and it is a better bet for

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travelling during the course of the day although we will see more and

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the way of outbreaks of rain across the South West. If you are planning

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any last-minute Christmas shopping tomorrow afternoon or have any

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travel plans there will be wintry showers and they could be quite

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hazardous over that Hiya road routes with that small following. Some

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brighter moments in between the showers, especially across the East

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coast. Bitterly cold, Isil 56 degrees. It will feel cold with the

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wind chill. Storm Barbara has left us but Storm Conor is heading

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towards us on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day. There will be

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strong winds and outbreaks of rain but milder air so we start of

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Christmas Day with mild error. Temperatures are in the double

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digits, 12 of the 14 degrees Celsius for the North East, potentially

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record-breaking. Strong winds will continue across the North West and

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we expect gusts of up to 60 mph with warnings in force. On Christmas Day

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night we are expecting wintry weather so it might be a white

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Christmas to end but for Boxing Day it will remain windy in the North

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with warnings in force, becoming more settled by the end of the day.

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From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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and around the country, goodnight and have

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