About 400 homes across the north-east were left without power yesterday morning after storms swept the country.
Arctic winds brought with it misery for residents in St Fergus and the rural AB42 area when a power pole was damaged by the gusts.
Homes across the region were left without electricity until about noon.
A spokeswoman for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said engineers were deployed as soon as the issue was flagged up to their contact centre.
“There was a power cut in the AB42 area,” she said.
“It was due to a broken pole, affecting 401 customers. Engineers replaced the pole and power was restored by 12pm.
“We would obviously like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience and for their patience.”
Across the north-east winds battered the coastline throughout the day.
And SSE estimates about 3,500 homes were affected by outages.
A further 42 properties were also in Kingswells after a tree was blown down, striking a line.
Properties in Ellon, Tarves, Pitmedden and Udny also experienced failures.
Electricity was restored to the majority of homes by 9.30am.