Scotland

Storm force winds cut power supplies in Orkney

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Image caption The weekend's strong winds caused surging waves at Thurso in the far north

About 400 homes in Orkney were affected by a power cut on Sunday after storm force winds hit over the weekend.

Floods and gales disrupted travel in several areas of Scotland, closing some Highland roads for a time and leading to speed restrictions on bridges.

Scottish and Southern Energy later confirmed that all homes on Orkney had been reconnected.

Winds on the islands reached 88mph, while Glen Ogle weather station in Stirling recorded gusts of 96mph.

Traffic Scotland's website warned motorists to exercise caution in high winds and has more details about affected roads.

Strong winds on Saturday brought disruption and cancellations to some CalMac ferry routes, including the Small Isles, Skye and Lewis.

It also saw saw speed restrictions on many of Scotland's bridges.

Edinburgh Castle had to close early due to the high winds on Saturday.

Northern Constabulary said there had been a landslip near to the A82 at Letterfinlay and temporary traffic lights were in use.

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