We've had a day of gales and power cuts. The weather on the west end of Ardnamurchan, at the lighthouse and Sanna, has been described by those who ventured out there as 'wild', with winds well above gale force. The picture shows the view across Kilchoan Bay, one the lee side of the peninsula, as one of the many hail storms came through. These have been accompanied by lightning, so we lost the power three times: between 4.00am and 5.30, then from 6.30 to 10.30, and finally from 1.15pm until 5.00pm. Engineers at Scottish Hydro Electric have been hunting up and down the peninsula looking for the faults, and at one point said they would be sending a generator out to power the end of the peninsula while they could mend the line - so it's possible we're on generator power now.
The Hydro is sufficiently worried about the community to have despatched a catering van with hot food. This will be at the Community Centre car park from about 6.30 this evening. It's a kind thought.
There's no sign of a let-up until tomorrow evening, when the wind is forecast to drop.