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North and north-east homes left without power following wintry weather

Power lines
Power lines

Homes across the north and north-east have been left without power today after snow and high winds hit.

Households across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Inverness have reported a loss in supply.

It is the second day of issues, with almost 400 homes left without power due to wind yesterday. While most of the issues were resolved, Orkney residents were still waiting for their power to be restored into Wednesday afternoon.

It is understood all power has now been restored.

Further cold weather and snow is expected this week.

A SSEN spokeswoman said: “Over the course of the past 24 hours our network across the north of Scotland has, on the whole, stood up well to the forecasted strong winds and snow, and when a fault has occurred, our teams have been working hard to restore supplies as safely and as quickly as possible.

“As was the case yesterday, when weather forecasts indicate a potential for damage to our equipment, we deploy extra staff and resources in key locations ahead of the event to ensure we can respond in a timely manner, minimising any disruption to our customers; we will continue to monitor the weather situation on a daily basis to ensure that we can plan our staffing and resilience levels accordingly.”

Further disruption

Traffic Scotland has urged drivers to take extra care when heading out on the roads following the heavy snowfall.

The worst affected areas include the A9 Perth to Inverness road, A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road, A95 Keith to Grantown-on-Spey road and A87 Invergarry to Uig road.

Although there are gritters working to clear roads and make them safer for drivers, motorists are still being urged to take extra care as conditions remain difficult.

You can track gritters in your area here.

Several schools across Aberdeenshire have been hit by the bad weather with some delaying opening due to power cuts.

Catterline School and Kinnefff School delayed opening due to the power cuts, which left their buildings with no heating or lighting.

Other schools in the area were affected as buses were not operating due to the weather.

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