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Power supplies restored after Storm Caroline

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image captionThere was deep snow between Stronelairg and Melgarve

Power has been restored to remaining homes affected by Storm Caroline.

The storm caused widespread travel disruption in northern Scotland with gusts in excess of 90 mph recorded.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks had stood down repair teams for safety reasons overnight. Orkney and Shetland were the last places affected by the power loss.

All schools in Orkney and Shetland were closed on Friday, along with dozens in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

image captionOld Rayne School was closed
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image captionFootball matches - including one in Peterhead - are also facing challenges

About 50 were closed across Aberdeenshire, and other pupils in the area had their school transport cancelled due to problems with snow and ice.

The majority of Highland closures were in Caithness and Sutherland.

There were also schools closed in Easter Ross, Wester Ross, Lochalsh, the Black Isle and Strathnairn.

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image captionBBC Weather Watcher Doric took this photograph of driving conditions in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
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image captionDrivers have been warned to be careful on snow and ice-covered roads. This scene was at the Toll of Birness in Aberdeenshire

Forecasters have warned that parts of the UK, including northern Scotland could see more snow fall on Saturday.

Drivers have been warned to be careful on snow and ice-covered roads.

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image captionWeather Watcher Merlin captured the scene at Newburgh, Aberdeenshire
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image captionMintlaw was covered in a blanket of snow overnight

Passengers had to spend Thursday night on board the Orkney ferry Hamnavoe after it was unable to berth in Stromness after sailing from Scrabster.

The NorthLink Serco vessel was escorted by a tug to Scapa Flow, and managed to dock on Friday morning.

Passenger Jamie Robson - who was to be appearing as a pantomime villain on arrival - told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland: "We were almost within touching distance of the pier but the winds were too bad. It was pretty choppy."

SSEN said it had restored electricity supplies to 18,000 customers who were affected by the storm. The main areas affected were the Western Isles, north-west Highlands, Caithness, Moray, north-east Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland.

The Coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh was deployed to take two engineers from Kirkwall to North Ronaldsay to help restore power.

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image captionA Coastguard helicopter was called in to help the operation to restore power

Director of customer operations Dale Cargill said: "Our network generally stood up well to Storm Caroline and I would like to thank all our customers who experienced a power cut for their patience as we battled against the elements to restore their power.

He continued: "We have now returned to business as usual but we will continue to monitor conditions and are well prepared to respond to whatever other challenges the Scottish weather has in store for us this winter."

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image captionAn image of Storm Caroline captured by the University of Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
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image captionThe ferry, Hamnavoe, leaving Scrabster in Caithness for Orkney on Thursday morning

At Peterhead FC, the club appealed for volunteers to help clear the pitch of snow ahead of its game with Clyde.

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