According to reports, residents in Scotland’s capital experienced a power cut at around 8.50pm this evening. This has led to areas of the capital, Lothian and the borders being thrown into darkness. SP Energy Networks has confirmed engineers are now working to resolve the problem.
They said: “We are aware of a powercut in Edinburgh, Lothians.
“Our engineers are working to restore supplies. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
While it is unclear what caused the power outage, it is likely due to the weather created by Storm Darcy, which has ravaged the nation.
Several rivers have burst their banks in Scotland over the weekend while in the South East of England, the mercury has dropped to sub-zero temperatures.
Many rail operators have scaled down their timetables while emergency services have advised the public not to travel.
The Met Office has predicted the wintry conditions will last in the UK for a sustained period with amber and yellow weather warnings issued from tomorrow.
Residents took to social media to describe their reactions to the blackout.
They also posted images of houses lit by candlelight-
Renowned author Ian Rankin tweeted: “40-minute power cut stretching from Edinburgh to Peebles.
“Spent 35 of those minutes finding torch and adding fresh batteries…”
While another wrote: “Felt like the end of the world… No phone signal and we were left looking out the window wondering what was going on.
“How did we all cope before when Internet and mobile phone never existed.”
A third commented: “Power cut over entirety of Edinburgh, so street was in creepy darkness then I got a notification on my phone saying mobile web had been turned off by my provider.
“Legit thought the apocalypse had finally started.”
A statement from Scottish Power said power was estimated to return by 11:15pm, but most areas had power returned before 10pm.
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