Lightning strikes and flooding around Edinburgh last night have caused phone and broadband outages that are affecting parts of the Western Isles today (Wednesday 12 August).

Residents in Point, the Westside of Lewis and in Stornoway have reported loss of broadband and landline phones today, as have some businesses in the town. Engineers are at work in Garrabost and Swordale, among other locations.

Among those without a service is community radio station Isles FM, who this morning said: “Due to major flooding and lightning strikes in Edinburgh last night BT are reporting major issues with some of their exchanges causing major internet outages across Scotland.

Isles FM is one of those affected and that is why we are currently off air. Service will resume as soon as our internet connection is restored. We are sorry for the inconvenience but hope you understand that it is out of our hands.”

A BT service status announcement said: “Due to recent weather conditions, and in particular the thunderstorms, we are aware of problems affecting parts of the UK which may be causing problems with your telephone service and connecting to the internet. We are working to fix this as soon as possible.”