Landslip cuts Skye and Western Isles electricity supply

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Schools in Portree in Skye have been closed by the power cut

Thousands of properties in Skye and the Western Isles have been affected by a power cut.

The fault was due to a landslip that damaged the overhead electricity line network at Kinloch Hourn, west of Invergarry in the Highlands.

A number of schools in Skye have been closed because of the power cut.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said supplies had been restored to 18,000 properties, but 5,000 remain to be reconnected.

Most of the properties still affected are in Skye.

Highland Council said the landslip involved about 9,000 tonnes of rock and soil and has closed a public road which connects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn.

The supply was knocked out at about 09:00, leaving properties Skye, Lewis and North Uist without electricity.

In Skye, schools at Portree, Edinbane, Staffin and Knockbreck at Dunvegan were closed.

SSEN said welfare facilities offering free food and drinks had been set up in Jansvans Cafe in Portree and Uig Village Hall an Uig in Skye.

The company said: "SSEN received reports of the fault shortly after 09:00 and immediately started carrying out investigations.

"This included the deployment of a helicopter patrol, which identified damage to the overhead line network caused by a landslip in the area to the west of Invergarry.

"A team is currently on site to assess impact and options for repair."

It added: "Whilst this repair is ongoing, power supplies are being restored through alternative means.

"This includes re-routing supplies from other parts of the network, utilising back-up power stations and the deployment of mobile generation."