Some 1,650 homes without power in western Scotland

Around 1,650 homes are still without power in western Scotland after the wintry conditions damaged power lines.

Scottish and Southern Energy said 925 homes remained cut off overnight in Kintyre, Argyll, and 725 on the Isle of Arran.

An engineer walks past a damaged power line in Kintyre in Scotland
An engineer walks past a damaged power line in Kintyre in Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The firm said its hopes to have everyone connected to a temporary power supply by the end of Thursday.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown told BBC Radio Scotland said that a "huge effort" by all agencies involved has reduced the number of people without power "by about 90% from about 18,000 ... to below 2,000".

Locals pick up free food from a food van in Campbeltown hospital in Kintyre Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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