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Thousands of islanders have been affected by a major power cut which hit Lewis and
Harris this afternoon.
The fault appears to have hit the main electricity line supplying both islands.
The diesel powered power station in Stornoway fired up around 2pm to provide a local
Electricity supplies were being gradually restored to districts.
Meanwhile, separate faults affected parts of Lewis and South Uist over the day.
Engineers went out in storm force winds and squally weather to repair the problem
affecting the Tong, Back and Coll areas by lunchtime.
Some villages in North Lochs are power without this evening.
Lochcarnan and the Iochdar area were affected in the morning while Grimsay and Carinish
were off in the late afternoon.
Meanwhile, energy firm, Scottish and Southern Electricity, has transported extra
resources and engineers into the Western Isles in advance of the severe conditions.
Additional emergency generators have arrived on Lewis, Harris and Uist to provide
temporary electricity supplies for villages in today’s power cuts.
Power cut affects Western Isles
23 December 2016
Hydro engineer Donnie Graham fires up one of the mobile generators used to provide
a temporary supply