AROUND 40,000 homes are still without electricity after two storms battered Scotland over the weekend bringing winds of up to 92mph.

Electricity bosses have warned that power may not be restored to all homes until Wednesday with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) remaining on "red alert status” in the north of Scotland as teams tried to deal with the aftermath of the damage caused by Storm Malik and Storm Corrie.

Storm Corrie hit the country on Sunday evening, with wind speeds of more than 90mph recorded in places, including a gust of 92mph at Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire – higher than the speeds recorded when Storm Arwen caused damage last year, or when Storm Malik hit on Saturday.

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SSEN said its initial assessments showed about 38,000 customers had their supply disrupted because of Storm Corrie, although it said it had restored power to more than 4000 customers, with some 33,000 still left without electricity.

Meanwhile, it said there were still about 7000 people without supply after Storm Malik – although power had been successfully restored to about 68,000 customers.

For updates on power outages, residents are reminded to download SSEN's powertrack app and to phone 105 in an emergency.

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Some schools in Aberdeenshire were either closed, or delayed opening on Monday, because of the disruption.

Richard Gough, director of distribution system operations at SSEN, said Storm Corrie hitting on Sunday evening through to Monday morning had “compounded” the challenge they faced.

He said: “Our teams have continued to make strong progress restoring power to customers impacted by the extreme weather from Storm Malik, with over 90% of those customers restored.

“Whilst our teams are making every effort to restore customers as soon as possible, the cumulative impact of Storms Malik and Corrie has compounded the restoration challenge.

“As a result, we are advising customers that while expected restoration of customer supplies from Storm Malik remains Tuesday evening, restoration times for some of those impacted by Storm Corrie may now extend to Wednesday.”

Gough apologised to those affected, stressing that “all available resources have been deployed to support with restoration efforts”.

He insisted: “Our teams are doing all they can to restore power as quickly as possible, where it is safe to do so.”

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SSEN teams have been out since first light to try to assess the damage and restore power as quickly as possible.

The main areas which continue to be affected are rural Aberdeenshire and the Angus border, with customers also off supply in Perthshire, the Highlands, Western Isles and the Moray coast, the utility provider added.

While people are without electricity, SSEN has put in place a range of welfare and support facilities.

Those unable to make alternative accommodation arrangements to stay with family or friends will be reimbursed reasonable costs for accommodation. Those unable to access welfare facilities and who remain off supply may claim back the cost of meals up to £15 per person. Customers are being asked to keep copies of receipts for any claims.

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Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme there had been “a much stronger join-up between the power companies and the local resilience partnerships over the course of the weekend”.

Swinney stated: “There has been, and continues to be, an extensive network of various centres and catering facilities available for people around about the communities that are affected by the loss of power, and individual contacts by the power companies with individuals.”