Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are working to restore power as
Storm Conor delivers hurricane-force winds, lightning and severe winter conditions
to the north of Scotland.
Power cuts hit hundreds of homes in Uist today as high winds and lightning strikes
to poles and transformers caused disruption to supplies.
The South End district of South Uist is affected this evening with hydro engineers
making repairs to restore supplies in Daliburgh and Kilpheder.
In North Uist, Carinish and the Claddach Baleshare areas were also without power.
This weather front is expected to continue for the remainder of this afternoon as
the far north of Scotland experiences the ‘tail’ of the storm, then subside from
around 6pm when a period of calmer weather moves in.
Dale Cargill, director of customer operations for SSEN, said:“As our forecasts predicted
we are now starting see the full effect of Storm Conor, with wind speeds of over
90mph recorded in our network area.
“Despite experiencing hurricane force winds and frequent lightning strikes, our network
continues to stand up well to the challenging conditions and we are well resourced
to respond quickly to further disruption to supplies, where it is safe to do so.”
He added: ““With the extreme weather forecast to continue throughout this afternoon
and into early evening, further disruption to supplies is likely and any customers
who do suffer a loss of power can contact us on the new national power cut helpline
– 105 – where they can also advise if they require extra support from our priority