HUNDREDS of properties in the North-east were hit by power cuts today.
A total of 813 properties in Huntly and the surrounding areas lost power at around 8.30am today after a tree fell on an electricity cable near a school.
The Gordon Schools was one of the hundreds of properties that lost its electricity, but Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said it was reconnected shortly after and remained open today.
SSE engineers managed to reroute power supplies to most of the affected properties within an hour.
A total of 332 got power back at 8.55am, with a further 217 properties restored 25 minutes later.
SSE engineers hoped to reconnect the remaining properties later in the morning.
Spokesman for Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution, Duncan MacDonald, today said a tree which came down on a line situated close to The Gordon Schools was thought to have been the reason for the power failure.
He said: “I would like to apologise to our customers affected by the power cut and would like to assure them we are doing everything we can do to get power on as safely and as quickly as possible.”