Thousands still without power as engineers stop work for the night

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Thousands of homes remain without power after Storm Otto swept across the country, but engineers have made “excellent progress” in restoring electricity supplies.

Winds as high as 80mph were recorded across parts of north and north-east Scotland on Friday, and thousands of homes were left without power.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution said that, as of 9pm on Friday, electricity supplies had been successfully restored to more than 35,000 properties – with around 7,600 still cut off.

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SSEN said engineers will be back out from sunrise on Saturday to continue work restoring power, with additional support being drafted in from network operators and contractors across the country.

The areas affected are mainly concentrated in Aberdeenshire, including parts of Longside, Mauld, Insch, as well as rural Morray and pockets of customers across the Highlands.

SSEN said mobile food vans had been deployed to the main areas still off supply, and will begin serving food again from 8am on Saturday.

The Met Office had issued yellow weather warnings for wind covering the whole of Scotland and a stretch of north and north-east England, running from Sheffield to the Scottish border, which expired early on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, schools in some parts of Scotland were closed due to the conditions, with the Highlands and Aberdeenshire among the areas affected.

In Angus, schools are closed for the mid-term break, but the council tweeted that the roof of Burnside Primary School in Carnoustie had been damaged by the high winds and the school will remain closed to pupils next week.

Aberdeenshire Council warned of several road closures and said that some schools were shut, while several GP practices were operating emergency services only as they have no power.

Rail services were also affected due to the storm, with ScotRail implementing an emergency timetable.

And Police Scotland urged drivers to take “extra care”.

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued from 11pm on Friday night until 9am on Saturday.

The warning covers parts of Central Scotland, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, the Highlands and Western Isles and Strathclyde.

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