Thousands without power after snowstorm batters Scotland

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Thousands of homes on the Shetland Islands off Scotland’s northeast coast were without power in freezing temperatures o after “significant” snowfall, the electricity provider said.

The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said engineers were working to restore supplies to about 2,800 homes but that full restoration was only likely by the end of the week. Temperatures on Shetland plunged to -10 Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. On the Scottish mainland, the mercury dipped to -17C in the Highlands town of Braemar. “Engineers continue to work in extremely challenging conditions and have restored power to 1,000 properties in Unst, Gutcher and parts of Yell by repairing the main 33 kilovolt network,” an SSEN spokesman said.—INP