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Transport / Lerwick road reopens after hotel suffers roof damage in high winds

Repair work underway at the hotel. Photo: Jim Mullay

THE A970 North Road in Lerwick has been reopened to traffic after diversions were put in place this morning (Thursday) following “significant damage” to the roof of the Shetland Hotel in yesterday’s strong winds.

Holmsgarth Road was closed to allow the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to determine that the structure of the building was safe.

Diversion signs had been put in place at the roundabouts near Jim’s Garage and at the Co-op supermarket, and all traffic to and from Lerwick were required to use the A970 South Road.

Photo: Jim Mullay

But Shetland Islands Council confirmed at 9.30am that the road had opened again.

Wind gusts of 84mph were recorded in Lerwick around midnight last night.

Winds have now eased and temperatures are now rising above freezing. Roads remain wet and slushy in places but are passable with care.

Some internal ferries are back up and running again after being cancelled yesterday.

Many homes also lost power on Wednesday, and some properties remain off.

This photo from Ciara North shows the damage to the roof from behind the hotel earlier this morning.

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