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SEVERAL power cuts disrupted electrical supply to customers on Saturday with households throughout Shetland affected.

Around 72 customers in the Gremista area were left without power at 7.50am owing to a broken connecting wire. Power was restored in stages with the last customers connected at 10 past mid-day.

Little over an hour later another 23 customers were cut off by an “emergency outage” caused by a faulty piece of equipment at Tumblin. Engineers had power back on by 10.43am.

Engineers were hampered by a cancelled ferry service for the third call out when the power supply to Fetlar was cut at 3.15pm, this third outage caused by a “low hanging wire” possibly attributed to the weather.

SSE chartered a boat to make the crossing to Fetlar and power for most of the 76 customers was back on by 10.47pm and all were re-connected by 23.49pm, according to an SSE spokeswoman.

Despite heavy rain in the preceding 24 hours, there were no reported outages by mid-day on Sunday.