Red Alert

Yes! Believe it or not!
They are on sale on Tiree.
You can purchase a nifty brolly on the island.
However, they ought to come with a warning label.
‘Mainland use only – Not for use on the Isle of Tiree’.

Get ready for wild water
Get ready for wild water

The day began with a memorable sunrise.
It continued with pleasant Autumn sunshine.
However, as dusk descended on the island the wind began to strengthen.
Those planning to travel to the Mainland on Monday,
if they had any foresight caught Sunday’s sailing.

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As forecast the wind continued to rise, peaking about 2:0am.
However the gusts have continued throughout the day.
If anything after lunch they have risen even higher.

Last thing at night the ferry was on a Yellow Alert:
Heightened possibility of disruption tomorrow
due to forecast high winds.
First thing in the morning it was a Red Alert:
Oban – Coll – Tiree 03/10
All sailings are cancelled today due to forecast high winds.

What the ears anticipated, the eyes confirmed.
(Could the camera be held steady enough to catch the scene?)
Waves were crashing into Millport and breaking over the Scarinish headland.
The strong SSE wind was gusting in excess of 40mph and was whipping up the sea.
The skipper of the MV Lord of the Isles had decided not to attempt to sail to Coll or Tiree.

Storm tossed seas at Crossapol
Storm tossed seas at Crossapol

Thankfully Tuesday’s ferry is a late sailing, departing Oban in the afternoon.
The wind is forecast to gradually drop tomorrow.
Will the swell drop sufficiently?

Mainland use only - not to be used on Tiree
Mainland use only – not for use on Tiree

What did the weather forecaster say?
“Bright and Breezy with wind strengthening in the west.”
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ – breezy – with the wind strengthening.
Certainly it would be wise to read the label on the brolly carefully.

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