Storm Brendon, the second named storm of the season, did not miss the Isle of Tiree, but we missed Storm Brendon. Although we were away from the action, thanks to modern media we were aware of the threat that the storm posed.
Our departure for the Mainland over a week ago had to be brought forward because of anticipated ferry cancellations due to weather and related sea conditions. It is January and storms are to be expected, thus storm Brendon has not come as a surprise.
Not unexpectedly Storm Brendon and its aftermath has resulted in the following ferry status for Coll and Tiree.
Monday 13th January – Due to adverse weather forecast this service has been cancelled.
Tuesday 14th January – Due to forecast adverse weather conditions, this service has been cancelled.
At a distance, it would appear, that unlike the Western Isles where all schools were closed for the day, the school on Tiree was open. However, the school buses were cancelled and children were only to come into school if parents deemed it safe to do so.
Sadly we have no personal photographs of the drama of storm Brendon as it struck the island. However we did appreciate receiving weather related photographs from two different correspondents. The storm coincided with high tides and at Baugh the road was covered by boulders and stones driven up by the storm driven seas. The advice for those travelling across the island east-west was to go via Balephetrish.
The primary reason for our absence is to dog sit for our son and daughter-in-law who are on holiday. We are staying in Chester and as the sun rose the sky was hauntingly red. It was only after lunch that the rain came on and the wind rose, gusting to 39mph. Our thoughts turned to those on Tiree who had to be out in winds gusting to 74mph. Apparently a few homes lost their electric supply, although many were prepared for such an eventuality.
The official gusts of 74mph are from Tiree’s automatic weather station, but no doubt higher wind gusts would have been experienced at the NATS radar station on top of Ben Hynish and at the location of Tiley the island’s wind turbine.
This is Life on Tiree reporting from the relative calm of Chester. Here’s hoping that the wind will have dropped by the time of our return. No third named storm please.
Photograph credits Sue Bottomley and Becky Wright