Havoc as storms hit Scot­land

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

GLAS­GOW: En­gi­neers in Scot­land bat­tled yes­ter­day to re­store elec­tric­ity to al­most 50 000 homes left with­out power af­ter a huge storm wreaked havoc and sparked travel chaos.

Winds of up to 265 km/h up­rooted trees, flipped ve­hi­cles and caused a wind tur­bine to burst into flames dur­ing the first big storm of the Bri­tish win­ter.

Flights were grounded, driv­ers were ad­vised to avoid roads across large parts of cen­tral Scot­land, train ser­vices were cut and thou­sands of schools were shut.

More than 1 300 en­gi­neers, many drafted in from across Bri­tain, were strug­gling to re­store elec­tric­ity to homes across Scot­land, Scot­land’s Deputy First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said.

A spokes­woman for sup­plier Scot­tish Hy­dro said that 48 000 cus­tomers were still with­out power, down from 70 000 ear­lier in the day.

First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond praised the re­sponse of emer­gency crews to the mon­ster storm. “Scot­land is a windy coun­try but even for Scot­land that was a once-in-agen­er­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. – SAPA-AFP

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