12th December 2017

Storm Caroline latest: Some homes ‘to be without power all night’

Some customers in Shetland are likely to be without power all night, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

The supplier is on “yellow alert” as Storm Caroline has been causing chaos across the isles – with gusts of 100mph recorded in Gremista, Lerwick.

Around 3,000 properties lost power this afternoon. And although about 1,300 homes have been reconnected SSEN says the “continued severity of the wind speeds experienced in Shetland” means some will “remain off supply all night”.

The firm has also warned that the arctic blast that will follow the storm tomorrow morning will cause further problems “due to the risk of line icing, where snow accumulates and freezes on the overhead electricity network”.

Director of customer operations, Dale Cargill, apologised to those who had lost power but urged “continued patience as our teams battle against the elements to restore power”.

He added: “With heavy snow and risk of lightning forecast for many parts tomorrow, as well as the continued situation in Shetland, we remain on yellow alert. 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.”

Meanwhile, police have urged motorists to stay off the roads unless their journey is “absolutely necessary”.

Emergency services and the SIC’s roads department have been dealing with several reports of damaged property and obstructions on the roads.

The main road between Hillswick and Urafirth was blocked by fallen debris.

Other roads are affected by flying debris, said chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch, and “anyone on the road is urged to drive with extreme care till this current spell of bad weather subsides”.

All council ferries are suspended and the vessels have been securely moored for the night.

2 comments

  1. Anne Gair

    We live in Sandwick, and the power was off for 6hrs & 15mins. When the lights went out, we still had the coal fire, which gave light in the room, but we had torches too. When we looked outside there were only a couple of houses that had light, the rest were in darkness. I’d like to know why these lines can’t be put under ground? It would save on accidents ,climbing up ladders to repair lines.

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  2. Haydn Gear

    Anne, I imagine it all rests on cost. Laying cables underground is hugely expensive to do and you know, as we all do, just how reluctant the powers that be are to spend money for the benefit of ordinary mortals. Let them buy candles, let them use torches, let them eat cake.

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