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Power cuts in the north and west of Shetland

ALL schools in Shetland will stay closed for a second day tomorrow (Tuesday) as winter continues its grip on the isles.

Shetland Islands Council has taken the decision to keep all its educational settings closed after the latest Met office weather warning forecast frequent and heavy snow showers overnight and into Tuesday morning.

The Eric Gray at Seafield centre will also be closed tomorrow, along with youth clubs.

Both Lerwick and Scalloway UHI Shetland campuses will also be closed to students tomorrow.

The Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice for the north of Scotland is valid until 9am on Wednesday morning.

With temperatures near freezing, a prolonged period of snow combined with increasing winds on Tuesday morning could also lead to some drifting in places.

Meanwhile, some households and businesses in Walls and Eshaness lost their electricity for some hours on Monday due to weather related faults on the distribution network.

Almost 90 customers in Walls and surrounding areas lost their power shortly after 9am, and were reconnected in stages with the last households being switched back on at 2.30pm.

A short time later, 65 households in Eshaness were left without electricity. A spokesperson for SSEN said that the company expected to have all customer reconnected by 5pm.

Unrelated to the weather, 66 customers on Mossbank were disconnected temporarily to allow engineers to safely carry out repair work to the network damaged in last month’s snow storm.

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