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Weather causes problems for north
Ferry in poor weather
Sailings have been cancelled because of the high winds

About 200 homes in Orkney have been left without electricity after storms damaged power lines.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Hydro Electric said engineers would begin work at first light on Friday to reconnect those affected.

At one point some 20,000 homes across northern Scotland were left without electricity due to the weather.

The storms also disrupted road travel and hit ferry services in Shetland and the Western Isles.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar issued a warning for the north of Lewis, where high winds were predicted with gusts of up to 80mph.

Northlink cancelled sailings between Lerwick and Aberdeen, while all schools in Orkney were closed.

Tree across road
Trees were damaged by the high winds in Grampian

Grampian Police said there were reports of trees and roofs being blown down in the high winds.

Other incidents amid the bad weather included a wind surfer whose mast broke while in the sea off Barra.

Barra lifeboat was launched and the surfer made it safely back to shore.

Orkney Islands Council said its decision on schools had been taken "for the safety of the pupils and staff". It affected all primary and secondary schools.

Meanwhile, Caledonian MacBrayne cancelled all sailings between Ullapool and Stornoway on Thursday because of the bad weather.

Northlink said sailings between Scrabster and Stromness had been suspended.

Grampian Police urged drivers to take care, particularly those in high-sided vehicles and those using tree-lined country roads.

An articulated lorry was blown over near Foveran Primary School.

In Fraserburgh, there was a report that a large section of roof had been blown off.

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