Homes left powerless as Storm Frank batters the north-east

Damage caused by Storm Frank
Damage caused by Storm Frank

High winds are causing dangerous conditions for engineers trying to restore power to 1700 homes across the north-east as a result of Storm Frank.

Households in and around Fraserburgh, Dunecht, Rosehearty, Cruden Bay, Kintore, Sandhaven and New Deer and been left powerless as Storm Frank batters the area with strong winds.

A TREE FELL ACROSS THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF THE A90 BETWEEN RATHEN AND CORTES.(ROSS/BROWN)

A TREE FELL ACROSS THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF THE A90 BETWEEN RATHEN AND CORTES.(ROSS/BROWN)

SSE engineers are working to restore power, but a spokesperson for the energy company said that high winds are creating dangerous conditions. As a result, engineers are in some cases unable to climb the poles to repair damage, delaying any attempts at solving the problem.

The spokesperson added: “We are working as hard as we can to safely restore power to homes.

“We apologise to our customers for all the disruption and inconvenience caused as a result of Storm Frank.”

An update on the progress of repairs and estimated time of completion is expected ‘this afternoon’, the spokesperson said.