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Battle to restore power after storm hits north-east

Lightning strikes near the Angel of the North yesterday Credit: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire

Engineers are being forced to brave the heat today in a battle to restore power lost in thousands of homes across the north east after a storm yesterday.

The thunderstorm left 40,000 homes without electricity in parts of North Yorkshire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Power was returned to most homes by about 7pm, but around 7,500 are still without.

Northern Powergrid says it hopes to have normal service resumed by midday.

A spokeswoman said: "We're sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers as a result of the storm damaging our network and we thank them for their patience while our team works hard to carry out the necessary repairs."

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