Angus appears to have escaped worst of storms

Storm force winds have battered Fife
Storm force winds have battered Fife

People throughout the country have woken this morning to severe travel disruption and lack of power after storm force winds lashed the country.

According to Scottish Southern and Energy, over 60,000 customers are without power, although none of the affected areas appear to be in Angus.

On the east coast locally, we appear to have escaped relatively unscathed with bins that have been blown over the main issue for motorists.

A spokesperson for SSE said: “Winds of more than 100 mph in places have disrupted the electricity network, with SHEPD engineers and technical staff now working in extremely challenging and potentially dangerous conditions to restore supply to 69,000 customers.

“Overnight engineers restored electricity to 18,000 customers overnight as severe weather battered much of northern and western Scotland.

“A thousand technical and support colleagues were mobilised ahead of the storm, and some dispatched to rural areas where the storm was likely to cause the most damage. Employees from SHEPD’s sister company in England have also been working in Scotland to restore supplies. Technical employee numbers have been further bolstered with the hiring of external contractors.

“Rural areas and the Western Isles seem to have been the worst hit.”

Scotrail initially suspended all services for “safety reasons”, but gradually services are beginning to come back online.

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