Havoc as Highlands hit by wintry storm
ROADS were closed, properties flooded and ferries cancelled as gale-force winds and torrential rain wreaked havoc in the Highlands and islands. Eighteen homes in Shetland were cut off when a landslide blocked a single-track road on the islands yesterday morning. Firefighters pumped flood water out of properties in Caithness and on Orkney. They also prevented two pine trees which had been blown over from landing on a house in Caithness.
Almost 750 homes on Shetland were left without electricity for several hours yesterday morning. And a coastguard rescue team was called out when a dozen sheep were stranded in a swollen Caithness river – 11 were saved but one was washed away.
Meanwhile, snow covered the mountains in the Cairngorms, and the A95 Aberlour-Grantown road was closed for several hours after a black Vauxhall Corsa crashed into a power pole at Bridge of Derrybeg at about 6am. The Met Office said yesterday that the worst of the weather had passed by 3pm.
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