Hundreds in Caithness 'without electricity' after power cuts in wake of Storm Babet
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Hundreds of people in Caithness were hit by power outages on Sunday morning as the county recovers from the battering caused by Storm Babet.
Two new outages were reported in the county today, with a large outage in communities immediately to the north and west of Wick affected hundreds of people on its own.
The outage, which included parts of Broadhaven, Papigoe, Staxigoe, Ackergill and Haster, was reported shortly before 10.30am.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) was reporting that it hoped to restore power by 1.30pm.
Its live Powertrack map also showed the power outage extending across part of Wick John O'Groats Airport's runways, but not its terminal – making it unclear if the airport was affected or not.
Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) has been approached for comment.
A second power outage north of Wick was also being reported in an area that includes Nybster, Auckengill, Miltown, Freswick and Skirsa. This outage was reported at 9.51am on Sunday, and SSEN said it hoped to restore power by 1pm.
Elsewhere in the north, a separate power outage was also being reported over an area extending from the eastern end of Golspie in the direction of Brora and encompassing Dunrobin Castle.
This power cut was reported at 12.26am and engineers were hopeful of restore power imminently, at the time of writing.
Further south, a fourth power cut was reported to be affecting parts of Easter Ross, suincluding Portmahomack and Fearn.