Red Alert for Storm Henry as 90 mph winds set to batter the north west

Port-of-Ness-Storm-full-resScottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution is now operating at Red Alert as Storm Henry threatens to cause disruption across much of the country.

With gale force winds of more than 90 mph expected across the Western Isles, North West Highlands, Skye and Argyll, SHEPD has deployed engineering and technical teams to areas most likely to be affected by the extreme weather.

As well as strong winds, high sea swells are expected to cause flooding along coastal roads in these areas. As a precautionary measure, SHEPD has moved resources and engineers to islands that could be cut off if ferry sailings are cancelled.

Welfare teams have been contacting vulnerable customers to see if they need extra assistance if there were to be a power cut. Other parts of SHEPD’s network area are likely to experience winds of around 80 mph through Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

The AA also warned drivers not to ignore warnings about Storm Henry.

The AA says that if travel is necessary drivers should keep their speed down and keep both hands firmly on the wheel – especially if their vehicle is being buffeted by gusts or is in the slipstream of other vehicles.