الأحد , يونيو 7 2020

Warnings as power outage continues

Waves crash against the sea wall on the Ayrshire coast

Parts of the UK are being warned to brace themselves for more bad weather as tens of thousands of homes remain without power.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice until Sunday and flood alerts remain in place in Scotland as well as England and Wales.

Nearly 20,000 are without power after high winds and gusts of more than 100 mph cut lines and damaged networks.

Engineers are working through the night to restore power.

BBC Weather’s John Hammond said: “The cold weather is flooding back in and we’ve seen quite a lot of snow particularly on the higher ground in Scotland.”

He added it was going to be a wintry night across Scotland and Northern Ireland, with more snow falling before it turned back to rain. Monday will see more windy weather, he warned.

Elsewhere across the UK:

Brighton sea searchEmergency services in Brighton searched for the missing men until 04:30 GMT

network rail engineersEngineers are working to restore rail services and electricity supplies

Conditions across both the Highlands and Islands have made it difficult for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) engineers although supplies to 100,000 customers have been restored following the hurricane-force winds of up to 113mph on Friday.

Alan Broadbent, SSE’s director of engineering said: “Our electricity network was battered continuously by hurricane winds for eight hours on Thursday night and during much of Friday.

“This has weakened it in places, which caused more power cuts overnight.

“I know an apology may not be much comfort for our customers who have been without power, but I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we possibly can during extremely treacherous, challenging and severe weather conditions.”

Northern Powergrid engineers have dealt with problems affecting Northumberland, County Durham and Yorkshire.



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The strong winds and wet weather will continue into next week, as BBC Weather’s John Hammond explains

Rural areas were the worst hit, especially around Dingwall and in Inverness-shire, the Western Isles and Skye.

SSE and the Red Cross have welfare teams and catering units at key locations in Scotland, while reception centres are also being prepared to offer warmth and hot food to vulnerable people.

Ten thousand meals and 15,000 hot and cold drinks have been served since Friday.

People are being urged to check vulnerable or elderly people to make sure they are safe until the current spell of poor weather clears.

SHEPD technical staff at Balmaha near Loch LomondFallen trees posed problems for SSE technical staff at Balmaha near Loch Lomond

Cancelled trains

The weather also caused problems with the trains, with ScotRail reporting a dozen route issues on Saturday, particularly on northern and coastal services.

A number of train services have been suspended.

Some services from Inverness to the North, and Kyle, as well as those between Dumbarton Central and Helensburgh Central and from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig will not resume until late on Sunday afternoon.

National Rail said trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Carstairs would divert and not call at Motherwell.

There were delays of up to 40 minutes on the rail line between Preston and Carlisle due to high winds.

On the roads, the A1(M) in North Yorkshire was closed between junctions 46 and 49, but has reopened.

A section of the A6 in Cumbria was closed between Old Road and the B6261 due to a fallen tree, but the road is also now clear.

There are also warnings on Scotland’s road bridges and some ferry services have been cancelled.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has listed about two dozen services facing weather-related disruption or cancellation.

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