Power cut in parts of Airdrie and Cumbernauld

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 19:34 on 18 November 2015


SP Energy Networks says high winds caused the outage. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

ENGINEERS continue to work on overhead powerlines this evening, in an effort to restore power supplies to customers in parts of Airdrie and Cumbernauld.

Scottish Power Energy Networks has confirmed that electricity supplies to parts of Airdrie and Cumbernauld, in North Lanarkshire, have been cut off, as a result of high winds.

The firm says that engineers continue to work on the overheard power lines which have been damaged as result of storm Barney, which is battering communities up and down the UK tonight.

A yellow weather warning for high winds was issued by the Met Office at 10:24am today, with forecasters predicting that heavy winds would batter most of Scotland from 2pm this afternoon, until 3am tomorrow morning.

A statement from the Met Office earlier today explained that “Southwesterly gales will become severe in exposed areas during Wednesday afternoon and evening.”

It explained: “Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely over coasts and more exposed inland areas with gusts of 60-70 mph possible around the coasts of western Scotland and the north coast of Northern Ireland.”

“The winds will veer westerly in the evening before easing from the west in the early hours of Thursday. Heavy, blustery showers or some longer spells of rain could also lead to some surface water flooding on the roads especially over parts of western Scotland,” the statement added.

A spokesperson for Scottish Power Energy Networks apologised for “any inconvenience” experienced by customers.

The company says that “high winds” as a result of Storm Barney are to blame, with “damage” to the “electricity network” reported in parts of England, Scotland, and Wales.

The Scottish Power Energy Networks spokesperson explained: “Teams confirm damage to overhead line equipment causing a powercut in ML6 Airdrie and G67 Cumbernauld.”

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