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Pictures: Heavy snow causing travel problems in Scotland

Heavy snow has caused has caused travel disruption on many routes across parts of Scotland.

Glasgow Airport warned of delays, while 26 gritters are worked through the night to keep major routes open.


Red Cross provide hot food to Scottish homes without power

Energy companies and volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing vulnerable customers who have been without power for four days hot food and drinks.

Scottish and Southern Energy has been working with volunteers from the Red Cross to reach vulnerable customers, providing them with hot food and drinks.

Anne Eadie, co-ordinating the Red Cross emergency response, said:

Every one of our volunteers in Northern Scotland was ready to do whatever was needed to help make things easier for as many people as possible. Our biggest priority was to make sure that people identified as vulnerable - because of age, infirmity or some degree of disability - were able to withstand this crisis safely.

In some areas, water supplies were also knocked out because there was no power for the pumps which deliver it to more remote areas. Scottish Water provided supplies of bottled water, which our volunteers helped deliver.

Our response will wind down as more households are reconnected to the grid but until supplies are back to normal, our teams will continue to provide whatever help is needed.

– Red Cross emergency response co-ordinator

Thousands still lack power supply after gales

A lorry lies on its side after being blown over in strong winds on the Clackmannanshire Bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a fourth day without electricity as further high winds, heavy rain and snow are set to bring continued disruption to Britain's transport and power networks.

More than 100,000 homes lost power at the height of the problems and engineers worked through "treacherous" conditions to try to reconnect customers in the north of Scotland.

Some homes around Inverness, Dingwall, Wick and the Western Isles have been without power since Friday. All schools in the Western Isles are closed today to pupils, the council has said.

12,700 homes remain without power in Scotland

More than 12,000 homes are still without power in north and west Scotland after strong winds and rain battered the area.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said the electricity supply should be restored to the 12,700 customers by midnight.

Electricity has now been restored to just short of 100,000 customers since Friday, a spokesman said.

Thousands without power for third night after gales

Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a third day without power after gale force winds, ice and snow brought a weekend of disruption to Britain's transport and power networks

In Scotland, where winds reached up to 113mph, some homes in the very north of the country have been without electricity since Friday.

Engineers have been working in "treacherous and worsening conditions" to reconnect properties, while charity workers from the Red Cross have been working to reach vulnerable people and provide food, accommodation and generators where possible.


Thousands of homes without power in Scotland

Thousands of Scottish homes are still without power after gale force winds cut off electricity to parts of the Highlands and Western Isles.

Winds reached up to 113mph yesterday in Scotland and at the height of the power outage more than 100,000 properties were said to have been cut off - around 16,000 homes are reportedly still suffering from the outage.

Alan Broadbent, director of engineering at Scottish Hydro praised staff who had been working in the field to fix the problem in "some of the worst weather conditions" he had ever encountered.

He said: "If it is safe to do so, they [the engineers] will continue to work through the night."

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Watch: dramatic footage of plane landing sideways in high winds

Leeds Bradford Airport has been unable to escape the consequences of the weather - this dramatic footage was taken by Steven Boocock yesterday (Friday January 9, 2015) as the wind gathered momentum the plane was forced to land sideways.

Today several flights in and out of the airport have been cancelled and some diverted to other airports.

Passengers are being advised to check the airport website before travelling

80mph winds forecast for Orkney and Shetland

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Orkney, Shetland, Highlands and Eilean Siar in Scotland with winds in excess of 80mph forecast for the region.

Gusts of 60-70mph are likely widely through the warning area, with gusts in excess of 80 mph possible locally throughout the weekend and into Monday, it said.

It said there was risk of disruption to both transport and power supplies.

Hundreds of home left without power in East Sussex

More than 1,000 homes were left without power in Crowborough, East Sussex, due to the high winds.

UK Power Networks said the cause of the power outage was still under investigation but that they were trying to reconnect people as quickly as possible.

A spokesman said: "Due to a high voltage fault in the Crowborough area at 9.08am, power was interrupted to 1,063 customers.

"We have so far restored power to 203 customers and our engineers are working as quickly as possible to restore the remaining customers, who we hope to have back on soon.

"UK Power Networks apologises to any customers affected."

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