Met Office Warnings Issued For: Orkney Islands
Amber warning of wind
"Updated 8 January at 10:29A vigorous depression is expected to run rapidly east passing northern Scotland on Thursday night and Friday morning. Winds will begin to increase late on Thursday to give a period of very strong westerly winds across the Western Isles, the north and northwest of the Scottish mainland and Orkney. Gusts of 80 to 90 mph are likely quite widely with a risk of gusts of over 100 mph in places, with these strongest gusts most likely along coasts in the far north. Winds should quickly ease from the west during the morning.
- 2200 on Thu 8 January
- 1000 on Fri 9 January
The public should be prepared for the potential for disruption to transport as well as power supplies and the possibility of structural damage. Very large waves may also lead to dangerous conditions along some coasts."A one hundred miles an hour wind is quite worrying. We saw them as strong as a hundred and twenty-five, some years ago, and were fine, lost a conservatory but the house was OK. These days, though, we have satellite broadband and may therefore be disrupted, perhaps for some time, if it is blown out of alignment or off the wall; in that event, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.