Scottish Power to 'provide hotel accommodation'

Scottish Power has announced that it is providing hotel accommodation to any customers that are expected to remain without power this evening.

Around 300 households in Dumfries and Galloway are still without power but Scottish Power said it should be able to restore electricity there "in the near future".

The company said it has more than 300 engineers in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas of western Scotland, and that they are encountering "some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced".

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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.