SSEN crews work quickly to restore power to islanders’ homes

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Thousands of residents on Skye and North and South Uist were left without power after high winds on Tuesday last week.

By early last Wednesday evening (March 10), power had been restored to all 16,000 homes that had been affected.

A spokesperson from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said: ‘Following challenging weather conditions and high winds overnight, we can confirm that power has now been restored to all 16,000 properties on Skye and the Uists.

‘We were alerted to a fault on the transmission network at 21.11 on Tuesday, March 9 and our teams immediately responded to restore power to our customers.

‘With our priority to restore supplies as quickly as possible, restoration efforts continued throughout the course of the day, including connecting mobile generation at Portree and Dunvegan.’

Power company crews tracked down the fault to the overhead transmission network and repair works got underway.

The spokesperson added: ‘We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the communities for their patience as our teams worked to safely restore supplies as quickly as possible.’