Lightning strikes again

That's all that was left of the telephone sockets at Lunna House - Photos: Tony Erwood

CONSIDERABLE damage was caused to electronic equipment at Lunna House, in Vidlin, when a transformer was directly hit by lightning in the early hours of Saturday.

The power surge was so strong that telephone sockets were blown off the wall. Scottish and Southern Energy said power was lost at 1.28am.

While engineers were able to restore electricity to most of the 135 customers affected during the night, those in Lunna had to wait until 10.30am for power to come back.

A spokesman said the company’s electricity network was “pretty resilient” to lightning but there was very little anyone could do to prevent a direct hit.

A second power cut on Sunday affected 58 customers in the Mossbank area when engineers had to deal with an overhead line fault at Firth. Power was off between 11am and 2.30pm.

The spokesman apologised for any inconvenience caused.

An SSE engineer preparing the transformer to be transported away after it had been hit by lightning in the early hours of Saturday.