A NUMBER of homes and businesses in the Scottish Borders were left without power this morning Thursday October 19 2023.

SP Energy reported a power cut affecting the Oxton and Heriot areas at 4.17am.

Power has since been restored.

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Then at 6.43am a further announcement was made concerning a power cut affecting the E45 and EH46 postcode areas of Peebleshire.

Power was restored shortly before 9am.


SP Energy has issued the following advice.

Keep the following items within easy reach when preparing for a power outage:

A torch with charged batteries or a wind-up dynamo torch. You can also buy battery-powered lights that plug into a power socket and come on automatically during a power cut.

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Candles - these are useful but be careful where you put them and keep them out of the reach of children.

At least one phone that doesn't run off of the mains supply; i.e. an analogue telephone or mobile.

A fully charged power bank, so you may be able to receive updates on the incident via your mobile phone.

A battery-powered radio and fresh batteries, as you may be able to receive updates on the incident.

A warm blanket.

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Portable heaters - they act as a good alternative to heating systems which often don’t work during a power cut. However, take care where you put them and never leave children alone with them.

Many service stations can't pump fuel during a power failure so it’s a good idea to keep your vehicle's fuel tank at least half-full. Also, be sure you know how to use the manual option on electric garage doors and gates.