Final homes reconnected after Storm Arwen

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The final homes in Scotland left without power after Storm Arwen have been reconnected to the power grid.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said since the storm it had restored supplies to 135,000 customers in the north east.

The firm said poor weather on Saturday prevented them reconnecting the last 30 properties, but work continued overnight.

SSEN said staff would remain to carry out remedial repairs where needed.

Thousands of homes were without power for days following the storm on 26 November, during which fallen trees damaged power lines.

For some, the power cut lasted more than a week. Parts of Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Angus and Moray were among the areas worst hit.

Meanwhile, the Met Office is warning of more disruption later this week when heavy snow and strong winds are expected to sweep across the country.

Mark Rough, SSEN's director of operations, said: "In the 35 years that I have worked for SSEN, I can honestly say that this is the worst storm I have ever experienced.

"The extensive damage caused to our network by Storm Arwen has been unprecedented in some areas, with the north east region experiencing the equivalent of almost two years' worth of overhead line faults in just one 12-hour period.

"I am fully aware of the difficult situation this has caused for many of our customers and am incredibly sorry for the length of time that some of our customers have been without power."

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SSEN continued repair works on Monday

All homes across southern and central Scotland affected by the power outages have also now been reconnected, according to SP Energy Networks.

Thousands of homes remain cut off in the north east of England and Cumbria, where energy firm Northern Powergrid has apologised for poor communication with affected households.

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The weather is expected to worsen on Tuesday when heavy snow is expected in parts of Scotland and northern England.

In a yellow weather warning, The Met Office said it was likely to bring travel disruption, especially over higher routes.

It is also warning of high winds, particularly along the east coast and along the Solway Firth, which may affect transport routes.

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