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Storm Pia leaves hundreds of homes without power across the Highlands and Islands

By Philip Murray

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Some of the areas affected by power cuts on Thursday morning (highlighted in red). Picture: SSEN.
Some of the areas affected by power cuts on Thursday morning (highlighted in red). Picture: SSEN.

Hundreds of homes in the Highlands were without power on Thursday morning after Storm Pia brought strong gales to the region overnight.

A yellow Met Office weather warning was active across the whole of Scotland at the time of writing, with gusts of up to 80mph possible in some exposed locations, but winds of 60-70mph forecast quite widely.

Hundreds of homes across dozens of postcodes were experiencing outages to the north and west of the Great Glen on Thursday, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' Powertrack map.

Areas covered by power outages include Tomich, Struy, Loch Monar, locations near Beauly and Muir of Ord, Garve, and Dingwall.

Related: ScotRail cancels many Highland trains ahead of Storm Pia

Related: 7 Inverness-Glasgow trains cancelled as Storm Pia hits

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Elsewhere, there were also numerous outages recorded across large areas of Lewis and Harris.

The strong winds have already sparked transport disruption, with ScotRail opting to cancel many north Highland services on Thursday ­- with the Far North and Kyle lines completely out of action, the Highland Mainline operating on a reduced speed limit and experiencing some cancellations, and no trains running between Inverness and Inverurie on the line linking the Highland capital to Aberdeen.

Ferries have also been badly hit. The Stornoway-Ullapool route was experiencing numerous cancellations on Thursday, although the 4.30pm sailing from Ullapool was still scheduled to go ahead, albeit with warnings that it would be "liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice" and an update would be provided around 11am. For details, visit calmac.oc.uk/service-status?route=25.

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