Work to prepare the Western Isles power network for extreme weather has stood the islands in good stead as Storm Ciara passed overhead.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said there were surprisingly few impacts from the winds on Saturday (8 February), when two of the strongest gusts recorded by the Met Office were in the islands – 69mph in Stornoway and 66mph in South Uist.

A low voltage fault affected a handful of homes in Callanish on Saturday and was quickly resolved, while on Sunday 68 properties in Solas, North Uist, lost power due to broken wires.

This morning nine homes in the Uig district have reported a loss of power and engineers are now (10.30am) on the way to find and resolve that fault.

An SSEN spokesman said that they were not complacent, with the islands under weather warnings for snow and ice, strong winds and lightning strikes forecast over the next three days.

Additional resources including extra personnel and contractors with specialist digging equipment have been brought to the islands to deal with any power outages that may occur.

The spokesman said: “We’re ready for whatever the next few days might throw at us.”

In a power cut, call 105 to report the fault and make sure you stay well away from any damaged or fallen power equipment. You can also use the Power Track app to check for reported faults and get information on when power is due to be restored.

Vulnerable customers can call 0800 294 3259 and ask to be placed on the Priority Services Register. They will then receive additional support during any loss of power.