Power cut in Shetland amid 'heavy snowfall' and freezing temperatures 

Hundreds of homes are thought to be without power as temperatures drop below freezing.

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Homes in Shetland and surrounding areas have been affected by a power cut amid “heavy snowfall” and freezing temperatures.

The cut was first reported shortly before 3pm, with power expected to be restored by 9pm.

Police on the island have urged people to avoid travelling “unless absolutely necessary”.

Anyone who needs to should allow for extra time, take warm clothes, food and water in case of delays, and fully charge their mobile phone, they said.

Shetland Police warned that some residents in the Burravoe and Bressay areas may not be able to make outgoing calls – including dialling 999 – from their landline, however mobile phones remain unaffected.

Sub-zero temperatures have been recorded across Scotland after what was the coldest night of 2022 on Sunday.

At Met Office weather warning is in place covering the Shetland Islands until midday on Tuesday.

There has been heavy snowfall with upto 20cm on high ground making driving conditions difficult.

In a statement, SSE said: “We’re sorry for the loss of supply affecting Shetland.

“Due to heavy snowfall we have multiple faults on our network. Investigations and repairs are underway, and we aim to restore as many supplies as we can in stages, and we expect to have your power restored by 9pm.”

A spokesperson for SSEN Distribution said that around 2,700 homes remain impacted, in an update shortly before 10pm.

“Over 2,500 homes have been reconnected on Shetland following significant snowfall and extreme weather conditions causing damage to our overhead line network,” they said.

“Around 2,700 homes currently remain without power with Voe, Whalsay, Yell and Unst the most affected.

“We’d like to apologise to all customers impacted and reassure them that we are doing all we can to restore power in challenging conditions.

“Our engineers will continue to reconnect supplies into the evening, remotely rerouting the network wherever possible, but remain hampered by blocked roads, communications issues and ongoing adverse weather,

“A further update, including estimated restoration times, will be provided at 11am tomorrow morning following a full assessment of the situation.

“We are proactively calling customers on our Priority Service Register and are working with local resilience partners to identify customers who may need additional support.”

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