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Almost 500 homes without electricity after power cuts in Sutherland, Ross-shire and Inverness

By Philip Murray

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Power cuts have affected a number of areas.
Power cuts have affected a number of areas.

Hundreds of Highland homes were without power on Friday morning after a number of electricity cuts across the region.

Communities in northern Sutherland, Ross-shire and Inverness were among those affected by the separate power cuts, amid continuing blustery winds and wintry showers.

The biggest outage was in northern Sutherland, where almost 350 homes centred on the A' Mhòine peninsula, Tongue, Loch Hope, and south towards Altnaharra were left without power since the early hours of the morning. An area further south along the Kyle of Sutherland between Inveran and Rosehall was also showing as being affected.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) reported an outage in those areas shortly before 3am. In the company's most recent update via its Powertrack website, SSEN said it hoped to restore power by 2pm, although this is subject to change.

Elsewhere, a large area in Ross-shire was without power extending from Loch Orrin and Loch Luichart in the east to Craig on the Achnasheen to Strathcarron road in the west.

Almost 100 homes were without power in that area, following the outage shortly before 7.30anm. SSEN said it hoped to restore power by 1.30pm.

And in Inverness, a power cut in the Lawers Way area disconnected a number of homes shortly before 11am, with a 2pm restoration time being floated by SSEN at the time of writing.

A number of other communities in the north were also subject to 'planned' power outages, including some on the south side of Loch Ness.

For the latest updates visit https://powertrack.ssen.co.uk/powertrack.

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