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Storm Otto Leaves Thousands Without Power in the UK

Storm Otto Leaves Thousands Without Power in the UK

The first named storm of 2023, Storm Otto, strikes Scotland and parts of northeast England.

Tynemouth beach

As a result of Storm Otto’s winds of over 80 miles per hour, tens of thousands of British homes are without power.

As of 11 a.m. on Friday, the energy company SSEN reported that 30,000 properties in Scotland were without power and that it could take more than two days to restore service.

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The high voltage network has several faults due to fallen trees, branches, and other windblown debris.

Mark Rough, director of operations for SSEN Distribution, stated that power has been restored to 10,000 properties.

He added, “Despite the widespread nature of the storm, ongoing adverse weather conditions, and access difficulties, our teams have made significant progress in restoring power to affected residences.”

We anticipate making significant progress throughout the day, as wind speeds are expected to diminish around noon.

Northern Powergrid also reports power outages in Northumberland, Darlington, and Leeds.

The Met Office recorded wind gusts of 83 miles per hour at Inverbervie in the north-east of Scotland, while winds elsewhere reached up to 75 miles per hour.

The wind damaged the roof of a school in Carnoustie, Angus, and schools were closed in certain regions of Scotland, including the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.

Several GP practices in Aberdeenshire, according to the local council, were operating only emergency services because they had lost power.

Scot Rail also operates under an emergency timetable with speed restrictions.

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Wind warnings are in effect for parts of northern and northern-eastern England and southern Scotland until 2 p.m., while a warning for snow and ice in parts of Scotland begins late tonight and continues until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

In another Otto-related incident on Friday:

  • A1(M) affected by multiple closures or delays due to overturned tractors – between J48 and J49, and 60 and 59
  • The A1(M) between J47 and 56 is closed to high-sided vehicles in both directions
  • Leeds Bradford Airport is open, but flights are disrupted, according to a spokesperson.
  • Some London North Eastern Railway services have been canceled.
  • A tree is blocking the rail line between Harrogate and Knaresborough in Yorkshire.
  • There have been reports of trees blocking roads in Harrogate and Leeds.

A Met Office representative stated, “The strong winds from Storm Otto will diminish as the low pressure moves out into the North Sea.”

After a relatively dry day with some good periods of sunshine, a cloud will build from the west this evening, and rain and snow will move across the majority of the region overnight.

Snowfall of 2 to 5 centimeters is possible across the entire warning area, with 5 to 10 centimeters possible at the highest elevations, according to forecasters.

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“Rain and hill snow will abate in the early hours of Saturday morning, but rain will return from the west later. There will be a few showers further south, but the afternoon will be mild with a few brighter periods.

As an area of low pressure skirts the north of the United Kingdom on Sunday, wet and windy conditions will return to the north of Scotland.