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Tayside and Fife hit by snow and gales as locals warned of power and transport disruption

A light dusting of snow in Kirkton, Dundee, on Thursday morning.
A light dusting of snow in Kirkton, Dundee, on Thursday morning.

Gales and snow are hitting parts of Tayside and Fife – as locals are warned about disruption to transport and electricity networks.

Gusts approaching 50mph are predicted by the Met Office on Thursday as an unsettled spell of weather continues.

Yellow weather warnings are in place throughout Thursday morning for wind and snow covering large parts of the region.

It follows disruption caused by Storms Malik and Corrie less than a fortnight ago.

Disruption to transport

The weather is already causing problems on the roads and railways.

Network Rail is putting in a speed restriction on services between Edinburgh and Dundee.

LNER, which runs services on the east coast main line, says trains will be delayed by up to 20 minutes between Edinburgh and Berwick – affecting those travelling from stations in Fife and Tayside.

Some Stagecoach bus services in Perthshire have been impacted by the conditions.

The Friarton Bridge in Perth and the Tay Road Bridge have also been affected by the wind.

Meanwhile Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) – which has already dealt with several major outages in Tayside this winter – has moved to “weather warning” status.

What is the advice for electricity customers?

SSEN customers are being encouraged to prepare for a disruption to supplies by:

  • Saving the emergency power cut number – 105 – to their phones to report power cuts or damage to the electricity network.
  • Downloading SSEN Power Track app on Android or Apple, which provides details of power cuts and restoration times. Customers can also report power cuts and network damage through the app – which can also be viewed online.
  • Going to the SSEN website where there is advice and information on how to deal with a power cut, or to chat live to an adviser.
  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
Angus power storm damage
SSEN engineers reconnecting supplies near Edzell after Storm Corrie.

People can also join the firm’s priority services register, which offers extra support, if they are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Disabled
  • Living with children under five
  • Blind or partially sighted
  • Living with a chronic illness
  • Using medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity
  • Over 60
  • Categorised as being at high risk or extremely high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

More information is available on the priority services register on 0800 294 3259.

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