Comment posted Candles in the wind set fire to Scottish Hydro by Treblet.
Once again the Met Office have been caught napping when it comes to them issuing severe weather warnings. www.magicseaweed.com were showing a pressure chart of a severe storm throughtout Scotland as early as Thursday 29th December 2011 for the following Tuesday 3rd January 2012. On Friday 30th December 2011 the Met Office website was showing NO severe weather warnings for the following 5 days up to 3rd January 2012.
On Sunday 1st January 2012 the Met Office had a Yellow amber warning for windy conditions in England on Tuesday 3rd January and nothing in Scotland.
By Monday this had been upgraded to a Yellow amber warning for windy conditions for the following day throughout the whole of Scotland apart from the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. They also had a red alert for snow throughout the centre of Scotland.
I sent the Met Office an email on Friday 30th December 2011 advising them that their website was advising gusts of wind on the following Tuesday 3rd January 2012 of 71mph in Tiree, 66mph in Oban, 58mph in Glasgow, Newcastle 50mph, Birmingham 48mph and even London 51mph. The final sentence of my email was; Please update your 5 day severe weather warning charts to give the public advance notice of the bad weather due to hit the UK on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.
All I received was a “bog standard” email reply from the Met Office. Surely it is time for heads to roll at the Met Office especially when members of the public are giving them help.
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I do not know how the people in the Kilhoman area coped but I suspect that they had to make the best of it. Perhaps they had peat or coal fires with a back boiler which would keep them warm and provide a supply of hot water.
- The main problem I found was the total lack of communication from SSE with their emergency helpline continually advising customers to phone back for an update in 4 hours time. Apart from my initial call on Tuesday morning was unable to speak to a person in the Portsmouth call centre until the Thursday morning. This person advised that they hoped to get everyone in the Rhinns area back online by Thursday evening which unfortunately did not prove to be the case.
There was no communication or help from either our local councillor(s) or community councillors.
Lessons must learnt from these major power cuts although I am not hopeful it will be any better if the same thing happens again.
Alex Salmond has been strangely quite regarding the crisis.
- Alex Mckay.
Goodness knows where you get your information from but it is certainly from a very unreliable source.
Port Ellen was without power for several hours and Bowmore had no power for about 8 hours. We were without power for 53 hours. The residents of Port Wemyss and Portnahaven were without power from 6.30am on Tuesday until sometime on yesterday (Saturday) a period of at least 96 hours but probably over 100 hours. The residents of Port Wemyss and Portnahaven also had no water as their water supply is required to be pumped by electricity. The residents of Kilhoman had their electricity reconnected last night after being without power for over 108 hours.
The diesel generating power station was of no use as the cables were either blown down or damaged.
I am sure that the residents of Bute despite being visited by the tv cameras were not as long without power as some parts of Islay.
I look forward to your apology on ForArgyll.
- Readers of ForArgyll should look at www.magicseaweed.com click on charts then click pressure and click on the drop down showing the list of dates back to 10th December 2011.
I suggest that you click Thursday 29th Decemver 2011 and follow the 3 hourly pressure chart for the following 180 hours (seven days and twelve hours). When you reach Tuesday 3rd January 2012 you will see the developing area of low pressure which whistled through Scotland that day. How the Met Office cannot forecast it correctly when magicseaweed.com can do it six days in advance is unbelieveable.
- The Rhinns area of Islay suffered several power cuts last year outwith the stormy weather due to SSE’s make do and mend (sticking plaster) approach to the electricity cables serving that area. The various power cuts lasted up to almost three hours in length. There was even a power cut of two hours on the 1st of July 2010 which is Midsummer day.
This part of Islay has few trees so they cannot be blamed for causing the power cuts. In my opinion the blame lies with SSE who have not kept the infrastructure up to date and are more interested in paying an increasing annual dividend to their shareholders. According to the SSE website the current annual dividend payment is 75p per ordinary share.
The directors of SSE should be cutting the ordinary dividend to shareholders and using these funds to ensure that the Scottish Hydro Electric infrastructure is totally up to date to meet the demands of their customers.
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