Clean-up begins after Storm Ali

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Calm is being restored and a clean-up operation is under way in the aftermath of Storm Ali.

Gales ripped off a section of Highland Fasteners’ hoarding in Oban’s Stevenson Street. Staff had to battle stormy conditions last night to make it safe.

Earlier in the day, a tree half blocked a road in Loch Awe village in the Dalmally direction and, in Oban, there was some localised flooding, including an area outside the new M&S store.

Although there is still a risk of branches and debris on some roads in the region, no live incidents are being reported  by Traffic Scotland.

There are also no alerts for ScotRail travellers heading from Oban to Glasgow this morning, although people are being advised to check ahead.

Weather improvements mean CalMac passengers are experiencing less disruption today. The 9am sailing from Oban to Lismore went ahead as scheduled.

However, Fionnphort to Iona sailings were suspended earlier and today’s Lochboisdale to Mallaig service was due to be diverted to Oban instead.

Passengers are being warned some sailings on the Oban to Craignure route could still be cancelled or disrupted.

The Met Office’s forecast for our region today is sunny spells, some rain and cloud with gusts of wind reducing throughout the afternoon into the evening.