FERRY passengers face the prospect of disruption today when the effects of Storm Gareth begin to roll into Inverclyde.

The district is forecast to be hit with strong gusts, with conditons expected to begin deteriorating from around noon.

The official weather warning for Strathclyde has been brought forward and now takes effect from noon today, with the district is in for a very blustery afternoon.

Forecasters say that by lunchtime the wind will be gusting at over 50mph.

This has prompted travel alerts for the crossings between Gourock and Dunoon town centres and Wemyss Bay to Rothesay.

CalMac say there is heightened possibility of disruption or cancellation at short notice on the latter.

The Gourock crossing is meanwhile 'liable to disruption or cancellation' at short notice.

The force of the wind will pick up steadily during the afternoon and is expected to peak at 60mph between 8 and 9pm tonight.

The yellow warning of wind will remain active until 3pm tomorrow.