Power restored to 17,000 customers as Storm Erik hits

Power restored to 17,000 customers as Storm Erik hits

Engineers from Electricity North West have restored power to around 17,000 customers after Storm Erik brought severe gales to the region at the weekend.

By Saturday (9 February) the region's power network operator had fixed 10 faults and repaired damage to overhead power lines caused by the severe weather and flying debris throughout the morning. 

Speaking at the weekend, Samantha Loukes, network manager for Electricity North West, said: "Storm Erik has brought some severe gales to our region, with 74mph winds recorded at St Bees in Cumbria.

"This weather has impacted the network, but I'm pleased to say that we were able to restore some power within minutes and our engineers have also worked in difficult conditions to restore power to customers and they'll be working through the day to restore the remaining customers as quickly as possible.

"We are still urging people that if they see any damage to our overhead power lines please stay away and report it to us straight away so we can repair it safely.

"We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if customers need any help or advice."


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