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By Christie Breen
Front
Storm Isha update

ENGINEERS are working flat out this afternoon to restore power to about 1600 properties in Dumfries and Galloway.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said that Storm Isha overnight affected 62,500 of their customers in Southern and Central Scotland.

So far, 55,500 have had their power restored. In this region, the main areas affected have been ‘pockets along the M74 corridor’, notably Moffat and Lockerbie, as well as Eskdale. A spokesperson for SP Energy Networks said: “Our engineers are working around the clock to ensure customers affected by power cuts are restored as quickly and safely as possible. “Across Dumfries and Galloway, 1600 customers are currently without power and our engineers are doing everything they can – in challenging conditions – to restore supplies quickly and safely.

“Safety remains our number one priority and while high winds in some areas are making it unsafe to work at height, we continue to use every available resource to get everyone back on supply at the earliest opportunity.”

Meanwhile, works continue to remove fallen trees from roads around the region, while householders are reporting garden and home damage. Dumfries and Galloway Council this morning closed 22 schools because of the weather, with most expected to reopen tomorrow.

However, Amisfield will stay shut until Wednesday due to ‘weather conditions affecting the safety of buildings’. As Storm Isha departs, authorities are bracing themselves for another bout of gales and heavy rain coming in tomorrow night.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for this region connected to the impending Storm Jocelyn.