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Thousands of homes still without power

Hundreds of trees fell onto power lines cutting electricity supplies to homes Photo: ITV News Anglia

Engineers drafted in from all over the country are still working to get power back on in 48,000 homes in the Anglia region after Monday's storm.

The main areas still with power cuts are in Hertfordshire, Essex and Suffolk.

The power supply company UK Power Networks says it has 900 engineers on duty repairing the damaged network to restore power to customers as soon as possible. That is six times the usual number on duty with staff drafted in from Yorkshire, Liverpool, South Wales and the Midlands.

In total 620,000 homes lost power in the East and South East during the storm Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

“We would like to thank people for their patience if they are still without power, and stress that we are working to restore all supplies as quickly as is safely possible. A lot of hard of work is going on round-the-clock, behind the scenes and we are making good progress with repairs.”

– Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks says it's the biggest storm it has had to cope with since 2002 and at its height 620,000 households lost power in the East and South East.

The company says Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are now back to normal.

A tree was blown onto the power lines near Long Stratton in Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Anyone spotting a damaged power line is urged to report it to UK Power Networks but to stay well clear. The number is 0800 783 8838.

The company took 157,000 calls during Monday.

UK Power Networks said: "The electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can see wind-borne debris being blown onto our overhead power lines. We activated the early stages of our emergency plans on Friday and brought in additional staff covering engineering, technical and call centre roles."

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