South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway power restoration works complete

Power works Image copyright SP Energy Networks

Engineers have restored power to all the properties left without electricity after high winds hit Dumfries and Galloway.

At one stage about 2,000 homes were affected, mainly in the west of the region.

SP Energy Networks said high speed winds had caused problems from Wednesday night until late on Thursday.

About 1,000 properties were still without supply at 22:30 on Thursday night but they have been reconnected.

An SP Energy Networks spokesperson said: "We apologise to anyone who experienced an interruption to their electricity supplies, and thank customers for their patience while we worked to fix the faults."

School closures

Twynholm and Cummertrees primary schools were closed due to a power failure and are expected to reopen on Monday.

Flooding caused widespread problems on Thursday with Dumfries, Carsphairn and New Galloway among the places affected.

A yellow weather warning for ice and snow remains in force for the region until 12:00 on Saturday.

Follow all the latest updates on the situation on our south of Scotland live page service.

Much further north, two school buses carrying pupils came off roads in separate incidents on the Western Isles during wintry conditions.

A bus slid off the road at Torlum on Benbecula and a smaller mini bus came off at Uig on Lewis.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said no one was seriously hurt in the incidents on Friday morning.

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