Scottish Storms Cut Power Supply to More Than 80,000 Homes

More than 80,000 Scottish homes suffered power cuts overnight after hurricane-force winds caused disruptions to supply networks.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution Plc, a unit of SSE Plc, said 73,000 customers lost supply overnight, with 24,000 now reconnected. It’s doing everything it can to restore power to remaining customers, Rodney Grubb, the unit’s head of operations, said today in an e-mailed statement. Rural areas and the Western Isles have been the worst affected, he said.

“Winds of up to 113 miles-per-hour in places have disrupted the electricity network, with technical staff now working in extremely challenging and potentially dangerous conditions to restore supply,” Jenna Black, a spokeswoman, said today by e-mail.

Scottish Power Ltd. said 12,000 of its customers lost power overnight, with supply to half since restored. It’s working to reconnect the remaining homes.

High winds and stormy weather are forecast to continue today. The U.K.’s Met Office said a “vigorous depression” to the north of the U.K. produced wind gusting as high as 113 miles per hour (182 kph) at Stornoway Airport.

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