AROUND 1,700 homes across the North-east are without power after a storm brought gusts of up to 70mph.
Gale force winds battered the region overnight as it was lashed by the tail end of Storm Frank.
The Met Office issued an amber warning for rain in the Grampian region, which will be in place until around 3pm today while a yellow warning for wind has also been issued across the area.
The highest wind speed was recorded in Peterhead which reached gale force speeds of 70mph shortly before 6am.
Meanwhile Inverurie was battered by winds reaching 67mph and at Aberdeen International Airport a wind speed of 61mph was recorded.
Homes lost power in areas including Fraserburgh, Dunecht, rural Kintore, Cruden Bay and New Deer.
An SSE spokeswoman said: “Around 1,700 homes are without power and have been throughout the night.
“We give our apologies to our customers.
“This has been caused by the high winds.
“We are working as hard as we can and all our engineers are out.”
It is not yet known when power will be restored.
Police Scotland received calls reporting fallen trees across Aberdeenshire with one blocking the South Deeside Road near the Ardoe House Hotel.
A flood alert was issued by SEPA for the whole of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with Ballater, Marykirk and Aboyne upgraded to flood warnings.
The agency warned: “The River Dee is expected to be high during this period.
“There will be a risk of flooding of low lying areas adjacent to the River Dee, this includes the caravan park, and properties on Dee Street, Ballater.”
The agency added that heavy rainfall across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire would lead to a “risk of flooding” from rivers to land and property.
“In addition strong southerly winds and large waves could cause some minor flooding from waves and spray overtopping in exposed coastal areas.”