MORE than 700 households across Shetland are still affected by power cuts after the electricity network was struck by lightning.
The schools in Dunrossness, Sandwick, Cunningsburgh, Ollaberry, North Roe and Fetlar are closed.
Scottish and Southern Energy said on Wednesday morning that most supplies should be restored later in the morning.
Around 140 customers at Sumburgh and 367 households and businesses at Gremista were expected to have their power back by 10.30am.
Meanwhile 220 customers in Ollaberry lost power at 8.50am. Engineers are working to restore supplies.
A spokeswoman said: “We’d like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and again, thank them for their patience while we work to restore their power.”
Meanwhile, Serco NorthLink said that its southbound passenger ferry Hrossey will depart at 3pm, two and half hours ahead of schedule, to avoid the worst of the weather.
The Hjaltland, scheduled to depart Aberdeen for Lerwick at 7pm will now sail one hour earlier. More info at: www.northlinkferries.co.uk
There are some delays at Sumburgh airport. Live flight information can be accessed here.
For a detailed weather forecast please go to www.shetnews.co.uk/weather
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