• STV
  • MySTV

20,000 homes hit by power cuts

'Worst conditions of the entire winter' leave thousands without power as engineers battle to restore services.

No power: Kinbuck is without power again
©: STV

Power cuts have affected around 20,000 homes across Scotland after winter weather returned in force, affecting power lines and causing transmission problems.

Many houses were without power only briefly. However, around 7,000 homes in North Ayrshire, particularly in Largs and Fairlie, were without power for some time. Around 1000 are still without power. 150 homes in Kinbuck, near Dunblane, are also affected.

Sheelagh MacDonald, who is one of the Kinbuck residents without power, told STV News that her house, like others in the area, have suffered several power outages already this year.

She said: "We have had quite a lot of power cuts. Four days was the longest. We have not had any information from the power company. I have a wee stove so I am luckier than some. It is a bit of a bother but I can cope."

The power outages also affected homes in Ayrshire. Frank Mitchell, director of ScottishPower Energy Networks, said: "Just when we thought we were heading into summer, we have actually experienced some of the worst weather conditions of the entire winter.

"The combination of high winds, ice and snow has been particularly bad in certain areas and has had a major impact on the electricity network today, specifically in North Ayrshire.

"This winter has been longer and more severe than most in recent times. We had more than 500 engineers on call over Christmas and New Year and we will have the same again on stand-by over tonight and tomorrow.

"Although we have fixed the majority of faults today, the weather forecast for the next 24 hours is for more high winds, sleet and snow, so our engineers remain on high alert for potential problems."

Last month, as the big freeze gripped Scotland and the rest of the UK, around 45,000 homes across Scotland were left without power as snow blanketed parts of the country and downed overhead power lines.

The problems were centred in an area south-west of Perth, including Gleneagles and Blackford. Thousands of houses in the Highland were are also without power.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.