Computer specialists at a Scottish council are fighting to restore IT services after the weekend’s extreme weather.
Angus Council published a statement on its website this morning warning service users about problems with phones, email, online forms and payments.
Patients were unable to call Ninewells Hospital after Saturday’s torrential downpour knocked out NHS Tayside’s phone lines.
It is understood medical equipment such as CT and MRI scanners were also affected by thunder and lightning hitting the area during the storm.
The Angus Council team has started to restore services, but are warning of ongoing issues as teams work through the problems.
An Angus Council spokesman said: “Our systems suffered power issues, we believe, as a result of the weekend’s lightning. Power surge protection and uninterrupted power supplies did protect a number of IT services, but others were affected, including on-line forms and payments.
“All IT services were restored by mid-morning with the exception of the phone-based payment service and work is ongoing to restore this as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”
A note to residents previously warned: “We are currently experiencing issues with our services including phones and email. This may also affect other services such as online forms and payments.”