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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has moved to yellow alert in preparation of storms, snow and lightning forecast to impact its north of Scotland network.

High winds are forecast from early Thursday through to lunchtime on Friday, with gusts in excess of 90mph forecast for the Western Isles.

Parts of north and north-west Highlands, north-east Scotland, and Orkney and Shetland will also be affected.

These winds will be accompanied by heavy rain, increasingly turning to snow at all levels, bringing a risk of blizzards.  

A high risk of lightning is also in place.

The weather event has been officially named by the Met Office as Storm Caroline.

The combination of the weather conditions is expected to result in a number of faults across the north of Scotland and SSEN is ensuring that preparations and resources are in place to deal with any issues that may affect its network, increasing its standby resources in anticipation of potential damage.

SSEN is also asking its customers to be prepared for the possibility of disruption to supplies.   

In advance of the weather event, SSEN is proactively contacting its Priority Service Register customers to offer extra assistance where required and is liaising with local resilience partners to help coordinate efforts and ensure that everyone is prepared for any interruption to supplies should they occur.

SSEN’s director of customer operations, Dale Cargill, said: “Our advance weather monitoring systems have identified a period of high winds, heavy rain, snow and lightning which will potentially cause widespread damage across our network later this week.

“Our established resilience plans are well underway, with additional frontline teams, support staff, equipment and welfare facilities being mobilised in the areas expected to be impacted.  

“I would like to reassure our customers that we are well prepared and resourced to respond promptly to any damage to our network, where it is safe to do so.

“We have been proactively contacting our vulnerable customers to pre-warn them of potential disruption to supplies and offer extra support where required, as well as working closely with our local resilience partners.  

“If any of our customers do experience a power cut, or have any concerns about a vulnerable family member or community member, I would encourage them to please call us on the national power cut emergency number, 105.”

SSEN is also encouraging its customers not to approach any damage to its equipment and instead, report it to SSEN by calling 105 and engineers will investigate as soon as possible.

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