Work to restore power is completed with more storms forecast
- 28 December 2013
- From the section Scotland
Work to reconnect about 350 homes, which were without power after Friday's storm, has been completed.
High winds and heavy rain battered much of Scotland causing travel disruption and power cuts.
At the peak of the damage thousands of properties in Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire were without supplies. In the north, about 500 homes were affected.
The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for more heavy rain across parts of Scotland on Monday.
The "be aware" warning covers the Strathclyde, Central, Tayside, Lothian and Borders and south west Scotland areas, with 20 to 30mm (1in) of rainfall predicted and as much as 50 to 60mm over high ground.
There are no weather warnings in place for Scotland on Sunday.
A Scottish Power spokesman said heavy work was involved on Saturday as engineers cleared debris and moved fallen trees.
He added: "The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the lines in some areas.
"The winds have also caused structural damage and closed many roads, making it hard for engineers to access faults.
"The company cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra contractors in order to help with the emergency response. Extra equipment is also being taken to the areas where it is most needed."
Trains were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow because of the wet weather.
Heavy rain caused mud to flow from a field down an embankment to a box supplying power to signals in the Falkirk area, Network Rail said.
The fault led to a reduced half-hourly service between the two cities. Trains called at Falkirk Grahamston instead of Falkirk High.
Ferries on some Clyde and Hebrides routes were disrupted by high winds.
The Scottish government said the problems linked to the weather were easing.
Transport Minister Keith Brown added: "The picture is improving across Scotland as the very wet and windy conditions begin to ease. The risk of flooding is subsiding and although some households are still without power, energy companies are working hard to get them back on supply today.
"The Scottish government's resilience committee will continue to monitor the situation."
At the height of the storm on Friday the strongest gusts of wind were in Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire (81mph) and in Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway (70mph).
On the mountain tops the wind reached 93mph in the Cairngorms and 75mph in Glen Ogle near Stirling.