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All schools and nurseries in Lewis, Harris and Uist will be closed on Thursday as a band of violent weather hits the islands.

 

The council said teaching staff should make their way to their school or the nearest school as they deem safe to do so.

 

Barra does not fall within the Met Office amber weather warning area and therefore the situation there will be reviewed early in the morning by the headteacher and transport operator. Parents will be contacted through Groupcall as appropriate.

 

There will be no bus service in Lewis, Harris and Uist on Thursday morning. This situation be reviewed late-morning.

 

Passengers throughout the Western Isles are advised to contact bus operators directly using the contact phone numbers with the current public bus timetables.

 

It is anticipated that bin collections will go ahead as normal tomorrow morning. However, bins should not be put out overnight. If collections are cancelled, this will be communicated through the normal means.

 

All libraries and sports and leisure facilities in the Western Isles will be open as normal tomorrow.

 

The comhairle offices will be open as normal tomorrow and staff are expected to make their way to work as soon as they deem it safe to do so.

 

Appropriate measures are being put in place for care users and carers who will be contacted directly. If there are any local care related issues, Faire may be contacted on 01851 701702.

 

Islanders are advised to travel with care. CnES Roads and Police Scotland will be monitoring all causeways.

 

The public are advised to secure any loose debris. The construction industry is advised to secure scaffolding and any lose items on building sites.

 

The comhairle would ask family, neighbours and friends living nearby to assist and support elderly and vulnerable people.

 

The comhairle will continue to monitor the weather situation and its impact upon services.

 

All services are subject to potential disruption.

 

Schools shut, buses stop as Storm Caroline sweeps in  

6 December 2017