29 December 1998
Hill farmers hit by power cuts
by FWi staff
HILL farmers are among thousands of people left without electricity for the third night running as gales battered Scotland and the north of England.
More than 25,000 homes have been re-connected in the aftermath of the storms which have so far claimed at least five lives.
But remote farms and houses in outlying areas will have to wait before being switched back on because of fallen trees and storm damage.
Many homes in the Kendal district of the Lake District were still without power this morning, despite the efforts of engineers from Norweb.
The Met Office expects more rain with winds reaching 80mph in the north west today.
Engineers in Scotland said the worst-affected areas were the rural areas of south Ayrshire, south Lanarkshire, and Dumfries and Galloway.
The wet weather is expected to continue for the remainder of the festive season and into the New Year.