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Blow no.. 75mph winds on the way.

The first storm of 2019 is heading for the north of Scotland, which is set to be battered by wind gusts of up to 75mph.

The Met Office have issued a yellow "be aware" warning, lasting from midday tomorrow until 3pm on Tuesday.

Very strong winds are expected to cause travel disruptions in parts of the Central, Tayside and Fife region, Grampian, the Highlands and Islands and Orkney and Shetland.

Ferry passengers on the west coast have been warned that cancellations are likely.

High-sided vehicles could face restrictions on bridges.

Forecaster Nicky Maxey, of the Met Office, said: "It will be very windy everywhere in the northern half of Scotland, with the north-east the worst affected.

"These are potentially damaging winds. Expect to see branches off trees and the possibility of power cuts."

Ferry company CalMac have warned sailings from Oban to Castlebay, Lochboisdale, Port Askaig, Colonsay and Kennacraig are "highly likely" to be called off tomorrow. The same applies for the Mallaig to Lochboisdale service.

The Ullapool to Stornoway route is "liable to disruption".

CalMac have also warned drivers to fill up before travelling to Armadale on Skye from Mallaig. That's because the petrol station at the Co-op in Broadford will be closed for refurbishment until March, with no petrol or LPG available.

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Date:Jan 6, 2019
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