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Storm Arwen: blackout in Scotland leaves 80,000 in the dark amid red warning

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Storm Arwen: blackout in Scotland leaves 80,000 in the dark amid red warning.

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has said that up to 80,000 people in Scotland were without power as of 10pm on Friday night.

The service also claimed it received nearly 200 reports of unplanned power outages.

The vast majority of outages have been reported in Moray and Aberdeenshire, but the numbers are increasing in Angus.

A red weather advisory for a 90 mph wind covering a substantial part of Scotland’s east coast is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

In a statement on Twitter, SSEN said: “We have moved to red alert status for our northern part of Scotland following the impact of Storm Arwen.

“Our teams have restored power to more than 30,000 customers, with 80,000 currently left without power.”

Shortly after midnight, the power company confirmed that power had been fully restored, but urged residents to call if they were still experiencing outages.

They said: “Now all supplies have been restored. If you still don’t have power, please send us a direct message with your full address and zip code so we can investigate further. ”

At Burntisland and Aberdour, a train collided with a trampoline that the strong wind blew onto the rails.

Later, Network Rail Scotland asked all Scots to ensure that “trampolines, gazebos or other garden furniture” were secured.

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