Storm Barra: Power cuts hit north and north east Scotland

Hundreds of homes in north and north east Scotland have been left without electricity in the wake of Storm Barra.
The new power cuts came just days after supplies were restored after last month's Storm Arwen caused widespread damage to the network.
Utility firm SSEN said engineers had restored power to about 9,000 customers across the north of Scotland.
As of 11:45, there were less than 600 without power, with the majority of those in Aberdeenshire.
SSEN said: "We are expecting to restore power to all customers affected by Storm Barra today."
While the storm is moving away some flood warnings or alerts remain in place.
Some rail services are also affected, with cancellations affecting a few routes in the west of Scotland and speed restrictions in force for others.
CalMac also said certain timetables had been adjusted after some ferry services were cancelled.
Braemar Mountain Rescue Team said it had a "very challenging" rescue of a man stranded at Fords of Avon in the Cairngorms.
Storm Barra moved in from the west on Tuesday, and a yellow weather warning for wind is in place from midnight until 18:00 on Wednesday for the west coast of Wales and south-west England.
Switch just been thrown here just outside Kintore for a number of homes cut off towards Hatton Of Fintray. The River Don has burst its banks here too, flooding the road and the field. pic.twitter.com/caTc9KBCqS
Some schools in Dumfries and Galloway were forced to close because of the weather.
Stranraer Academy was shut after the wind caused structural damage to the roof, the council said, and Drummore School closed after trees were blown down.
All the sites were able to reopen on Wednesday morning.
The West Coast Main Line was shut for a time near Lockerbie after a fallen tree damaged overhead lines on Tuesday afternoon.
Services were able to run again after a few hours of closure.
On Wednesday some primary schools in Aberdeenshire decided to remain closed due to lack of power and heating, including Bracoden, Rhynie and Strathdon schools.
Despite previous disruption, Met Office forecasters said Storm Barra was not expected to cause as much chaos as Storm Arwen.
Spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: "Storm Barra will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of the UK today. We may see some snow on the higher ground, too.
"It is unlikely to be as impactful as Storm Arwen last week but there will be blustery conditions so people should still be prepared."
Good morning to you all. Low pressure will maintain unsettled conditions today, but it'll be a much weaker feature compared with yesterday. Details, from Kirsteen. pic.twitter.com/8ubmrKAFhH
How have you been affected by the power cuts? Share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.
Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways:
If you are reading this page and can't see the form you will need to visit the mobile version of the BBC website to submit your question or comment or you can email us at HaveYourSay@bbc.co.uk. Please include your name, age and location with any submission.
Storm Barra- Pictures of wind and snow from Scotland – BBC News
Scottish Budget: 5 key tests for the SNP Government’s £35 billion spending plans
Curtain up for Peter Pan as Elgin Amateur Dramatic Society stage Christmas panto
Make Elgin a city Ma'am
‘Aberdeen is facing a crisis’: Children’s charity makes a plea for donations amid ‘astronomical’ increase in demand for winter clothes
Dessert lover’s dream job awaits at Mackie’s
Celebrate the best of local in Braemar this winter
Information about BBC links to other news sites
Scholz becomes German leader as Merkel bows out
Pfizer says booster shot promising against Omicron
UK PM orders inquiry amid Christmas party fury
Olaf Scholz: Who is Germany's new chancellor?
The advent calendar that lets you give back. Video
The ‘gals’ behind Samoa’s first woman PM
How Bangladeshis are lured into slavery in Libya
Former Afghan child refugee – now a top lawyer. Video
The green drive leading to deforestation
What next for Ukraine after Putin-Biden talks?
Christmas movie-making snowballs to set new record
Electric F1 racing is 'simply not possible'
A second chance at life… 70s style!
Tony Mammoth is a man literally out of time…
What's it like getting sacked as a footy manager?
Phil Brown shares his experience of getting the chop
© 2021 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.

source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *