Move over Ciara – Dennis the menace is coming

Assistant Harbour Master Richard Dobson keeps a close eye on things in the Bay.

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Storm Ciara and the effects of strong winds have played havoc on the West Coast this week and it is not over yet, with the arrival of Storm Dennis expected over the weekend.

According to the Met Office things will quieten down today (Thursday) before Dennis sweeps in on Saturday.

Oban and the surrounding area escaped relatively unscathed after last weekend’s battering, with PoliceScotland confirming that there had been no major impact inland.

Maritime disruption on the other hand was abundant and with most ferry services cancelled, Oban Bay proved a popular place to be over the weekend and the earlier part of the week as vessels of all descriptions took shelter from the high winds.

Speaking to the Oban Times on Tuesday, assistant harbour master Richard Dobson told us: ‘We have been full up since Storm Ciara arrived.

‘Things should start getting moving again midweek but we are already booked up again for the weekend as the next wave of bad weather comes in.

‘It’s to be expected at this time of year and most people are pretty sensible with regards to the weather and are prepared to ride the storm.’

The impact of the next low-pressure system is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

The weather warning on Saturday will come into force at midday and run until 23:59 GMT.

The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.

Wind gusts this weekend will widely exceed 50mph but could reach over 60mph in exposed areas.

Heavy rainfall on ground already saturated by Storm Ciara could lead to further flooding.

The Met Office said disruption to transport services and power supplies should be expected, and that Storm Dennis could cause large coastal waves.

Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

With further warnings possible over the next few days Mr Ramsdale advised that people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using their website, app or by following them on social media.