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Thousands without power for third night after gales

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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."


Thousands without power after high winds in Scotland

Thousands of homes remain without power after high winds battered the north of the country, bringing major disruption to the transport network.

At the height of the problems more than 100,000 properties across the Highlands, islands, Aberdeenshire and the central belt of Scotland lost electricity as hurricane-force winds brought gusts of more than 100mph.

ITV News' Debi Edward reports from Stornoway:

Delays on trains as severe weather batters north of UK

Delays have been reported on trains travelling between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle due to severe weather battering the north of England and Scotland.

High-sided vehicles have also been advised to avoid the M62 Ouse Bridge between Margate and Chatham due to gale-force winds.

STV cameras were out across Scotland overnight, catching lashing rain and stormy waves crashing against the shore as the storm hit.

Rush hour warning as gale-force winds batter Scotland

Strong winds are set to cause travel chaos throughout rush hour in Scotland - and will return again tomorrow, weather experts have warned.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Will Lang, urged people travelling this morning to prepare for disruption due to road closures and localised flooding caused by the storms.

Parts of northern England and Wales will also be affected by the storms Credit: PA

And, after easing off later today, gale-force winds are expected to return tomorrow when a second storm hits, affecting parts of northern England and Wales.

The winds will be at their strongest through the early hours of Friday and this brings the potential for disruption across Scotland, but there is a chance that strong, gusty winds could persist into the early part of the morning rush-hour as well.

We would advise anyone planning to travel during the early part of the morning and into the early rush-hour to be prepared for some transport disruption and check traffic and travel conditions before heading out to ensure you can make your journey safely.

– Will Lang, Met Office

Almost 70,000 homes without power in 110mph winds

About 69,000 homes are without power in Scotland as the country is battered by hurricane-force winds.

Gusts of up to 110mph were recorded overnight, causing blackouts across much of the north and island regions.

A power cut map by Scottish and Southern Energy shows where problems have been reported Credit: Scottish and Southern Energy

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Energy confirmed that around 69,000 reports had been received so far - and they were expecting more to come in as people wake up and realise the power was off.

Engineers dispatched overnight to carry out repairs had to be called off until 6am due to the severe weather conditions.

It comes as ScotRail suspended all services until further notice, citing "safety reasons". The Forth Road Bridge is also closed to all vehicles after a van blew over in the early hours of the morning.

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