More than 3,000 Scots without power after pylons fall

Snow freezing to the electricity cables puts too much weight on the pylons, causing blackouts
Snow freezing to the electricity cables puts too much weight on the pylons, causing blackouts Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

More than 3,000 people in the west of Scotland are to spend a fourth night without power after it emerged that two electricity pylons were toppled by ice.

Scottish and Southern Energy said the number of people affected in Kintyre, Argyll, and on the Isle of Arran stands at 3,300, down from 5,000 earlier today.

A spokesman said it was the first time in the company's history that two of its metal pylons have come down, and was the worst infrastructure damage seen in 30 years.

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Big freeze 'for another month'

The Met Office has warned the freezing weather could last until the end of April, suggesting that temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages until the latter part of next month. Hundreds are facing a sixth day without power in Scotland.