A cold night, in spite of 2 duvets. Draft through window didn't help. At least the electricity is back to normal. Heard that Francis Street in Stornoway is closed between the County Hotel and Keith Street as rooftiles are flying around off the roof of the Post Office. Only people with a doctor's appointment are allowed through Francis Street. Even if you haven't, you may still need one if you get hit by a tile... Bad joke, I know.
The Kershader Centre is full of hard-working folks again. The shopkeeper is checking the contents of the freezer, which has been off for 48 hours. Some items had to be thrown out, as they had thawed. A van from Western Isles Council comes in to repair the roof next door. Papers arrived at midday, but without the Gazette.
Other people are reported to nearly have been swept off the Uist causeway, one man saved a family of 4 from a submerged car. All had fled homes in terror of shingle and debris being flung against their houses.No networks on the mobile, so even the Laxay transmitter is off. It's still a bit windy today, also cold at 7C. Drizzle and poor visibility. The garden pond is still sitting in the wrong garden on Ivor Hill. A member of the Scottish Executive, Kathie Jamieson, spoke on Isles FM about recent events. Any request for financial assistance from Comhairle nan Eileanan Siar would be treated sympathetically. Isles FM still run that misleading ad for Air Caledonian - they don't fly out of Stornoway anymore and their railtravel vouchers don't work. Still no TV or mobile signals until 4pm. Ferries are cancelled in Orkney and the Clyde. Later in the afternoon, news comes through that all 5 bodies of people drowned off the Uist causeway have now been recovered. Advice being issued that people should keep candles, a torch, a battery-powered radio and some family handy in a cupboard
Went to Stornoway for the shopping. Tried point1 (a computershop on Bayhead) for internet access, but their screencolours are awful. Mobile coverage returned at 10.50. Had lunch at HS-1, with "the usual". Met my West End acquaintance on the bus and had a wee chat. Returned to hostel at 3pm.