Power cuts and storm damage

Laxdale School in Stornoway, Tolsta School and Leverhulme Memorial School in Leverburgh are currently closed due to power outages and storm damage.

Scottish Hydro Power Distribution (SHEPD) engineers have been working late into the night and since the early hours to repair damage to the electricity network in the north of Scotland following the high winds.

The weather front moved in overnight and into this morning, with 90mph winds recorded in South Uist. Around 6,000 customers are currently without power.

The north west area has been most affected, with Fort William, Oban and the Western Isles the areas of focus. However, work also continues to repair a number of smaller faults across the network area.

Extra engineers and support staff have been mobilised in order to be able to repair any damage as quickly as possible. It is a anticipated that customers power will be restored throughout the morning with the majority on by this afternoon and only very difficult areas possibly remaining into this evening.

A spokesperson for SHEP said: “We have also increased call handlers in our emergency centre in Perth and would urge anyone without power to contact us on 0800 300 999. Outbound calls are being made to our most vulnerable customers such as the elderly, those with medical requirements, the disabled or people with young babies.

“Safety around the electricity network is crucial at this time and anyone who finds any damage to the network should remain at a safe distance and call our emergency number.”