Warning of Storm Barbara disrupts Christmas Getaways in Scotland

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Travellers that have planned to go on getaways in Scotland have been warned to prepare as Storm Barbara approaches the area.

Also approximately 100 offshore workers may not be able to commute back home for Christmas due to weather warnings West of Shetland, according to BP.

Due to Storm Barbara approaching Scotland around Christmas time, travellers and commuting workers face interruptions due to safety warnings. Ferries have also been cancelled as the winds begin to pick up on the West coast.


The full effect of the storm will presumably be felt over the weekend, on Friday and Saturday. Gusts of wind up to 90mph are expected in the North and in the West.  On Christmas day, gusts of wind are expected to be up to 70mph.

An “amber be prepared warning” will be in effect from 12:00 on Friday to 06:00 on Christmas eve. According to forecasters, strong winds in the Northwest could possible cause structural damage, disruption to power supplies and travel for commuters and getaway travellers.

A “yellow be aware warning” is also set for Wednesday, Thursday and on Christmas day.

A spokesman for BP said: “As we often see this time of year, the weather west of Shetland is becoming increasingly challenging with current sea swells of over 6 meters (20ft) and due to rise to over 20 meters (65ft) at the weekend.”

“Unfortunately, this means that we will be unable to carry out our usual crew change flights before Christmas.

“Whilst we appreciate this will be extremely disappointing for those impacted, we are committed to putting the safety of our people above all else.”

RMT regional organiser Jake Molloy said: “It’s difficult at any time but all the worse at this time of year for the crews.”

“Now they’re doing three week shifts, it means their trip will extend into a fourth. It’s a long time to be away from home at any time of year.”

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