Power back on

Ulsta Ferry terminal in Yell bearing the brunt of Friday's storm. Photo: Robert Odie
Archive photo of Ulsta ferry terminal. Photo: Robert Odie

POWER has been restored to customers across Shetland following Friday’s stormy weather.

At least 430 properties in the isles were left without electricity as Storm Gertrude brought gusts of 105mph to Shetland.

SSE Hydro said on Saturday morning that all customers had been reconnected.

On Sunday morning 786 properties lost power in Sandwick due to a feeder trip, but the problem was resolved in eight minutes. 


Fire services were also kept busy on Friday, with crew called out to the Glebe play park in Bressay at around 1.50pm to remove debris.

At 3pm firefighters were called to Skellister after reports of a potential dangerous structure, but no action was required.

Earlier in the day fire crew from Lerwick attended an accident on the A970 near Gulberwick after a van was blown over down an embankment. Both occupants of the vehicle escaped uninjured.

Meanwhile Saturday night’s southbound ferry sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen may be subject to minor delays.

Both journeys to and from Shetland on Friday were cancelled.

NorthLink also warned customers that sailings at the start of the week are likely to be affected by returning winds.

While the gusts may have died down, snow fell overnight in many parts of Shetland.

The Met Office is running a yellow wind and snow weather warning for the northern isles until 6pm on Saturday.