More than 20,000 customers throughout the Outer Hebrides and many others as far to the east as Kyle of Lochalsh were without power from around 9am this morning (Monday November 12th). Many remained still without power at 1pm.
This followed a landslip that damaged part of the overhead transmission network. Originally this was said to be on Skye. Now SSE say it's on the mainland.
SSE despatched engineers to the scene where a pylon was completely swept away..
Power started to return to customers in some parts of Stornoway before 10am but remains off in other areas of Skye and the Outer Hebrides - such as Tarbert, Scalpay and Portree. Power returned to Uist and Barra by 1pm having returned to much of the West Side around midday.
Lights went back on in some of Goathill Road area around 9.55am. But did not reach some of James Street until about an hour after.
In Harris it was reported that power had reached Ardhasaig before 4pm.
First indications from SSE stated that power would be back on by 10am, then 11am. A new message from SSEN just after 1pm moved the time for restoration of full power through out the Western Isles to 2pm, with remaining areas of Skye following at 4pm.
Now diesel-fired power stations are up and running the length of the Western Isles this afternoon (Monday 3.30pm). But Tarbert and Scalpay and other parts of Harris faced the onset of darkness still with no power.
Power stations at Battery Point and Arnish in Lewis, at Ardveenish in Barra and in the Uists have all been fired up to restore supply, and are expected to run for the rest of the week after a landslip at Invergarry took down a pylon and severed the overhead power connection for Skye and the Western Isles.
Parts of Tarbert and Scalpay are still offline, but are expected to be back on supply by 4pm this afternoon. A business in Tarbert protested to welovestornoway.com about the constant confusion caused to their business all day by repeated claims that the "power would be back on in an hour."
A spokesperson for Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) told welovestornoway.com this afternoon that over 17,800 properties in Lewis and Harris, and a further 1,600 in Barra and the Uists, over 923 postcode areas, had been affected by the outage.
Large areas of Skye and west coast areas around Kyle were also affected.
Staff in Stornoway are now working to an amended timetable to keep all the power stations running until the main problem with the overhead power line can be fixed. Changed shifts and extra staff from the mainland are expected to maintain continual cover for as long as is needed.
Some planned engineering works in Lewis and Harris may now be postponed until after the island-wide situation is resolved. SSEN will update customers on that situation tomorrow.
A Western Isles spokesperson said that more engineers are heading for Harris, to the site where a switch mechanism is due to be restored, hopefully earlier than 6pm. Back-up generators are also on their way to Harris to provide power should the problem persist.
The Taste ‘n’ Sea café at Bowglass - which has a generator and has been serving meals all day to people crossing the Clisham just to get them - is remaining open until late this evening so that anyone without power can get something hot to take away.