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Storm damage hits Scotland

Scotland has been struck by thunder storms which caused disruption across the country.

Scotland has been struck by thunder storms which caused disruption across the country.
Thousands of homes in the north east were left without power, while hundreds of phone lines went down in Argyll.

And a television transmitter at Darvel, which serves hundreds of thousands of people, was out of action for almost 10 hours.

The storms cut power to more than 8,000 homes around Aberdeenshire overnight.

Scottish Hydro Electric said there were powerful lightning strikes on lines throughout the north east.

Two hundred engineers were working to restore supplies.

At one point the company said the storm was so strong that it was too dangerous for its staff to climb electricity pylons.

Hydro Electric has put staff in Orkney on standby as the storms were expected to move there later.

The weather also hit helicopter flights to and from oil installations in the north east.

About 300 oil workers were unable to fly out of Aberdeen Airport on Wednesday morning.

Further south, a lightning strike cut power at the BBC's Darvel transmitter which - along with its dependent relay stations - serves 470,000 television viewers and 160,000 FM radio listeners in west central and south west central Scotland.

Lightning strikes

Both the main and the reserve power supplies were damaged, and ScottishPower workers were unable to climb the pylons to repair the overhead supply lines because of the continuing lightning.

The transmitter was off between 1242 and 2230 BST on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, more than 500 homes in Argyll were left without phone services on Wednesday morning following a lightning strike in the Strachur area.

BT was working on the fault, but it was thought that the lines would be down for a considerable time.

Strathclyde Police deployed extra officers to the area, and members of the public who require the emergency services were advised to attend Strachur fire station on the main A815 road.