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Region takes stock after Cumbria and southern Scotland battered by gales

Cumbria and southern Scotland saw gusts of up to 100mph yesterday and overnight. Today the clear up begins.

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More electricity engineers brought in to Cumbria

Electricity North West is drafting in more engineers after the Met Office issued a red wind warning for Cumbria.

They've also cancelled planned power shutdowns and drafted in extra engineers to help keep the lights on and repair any potential damage.

Susan Stockwell, customer director at Electricity North West, said: “We are closely monitoring the weather and we’ve taken extra measures to get ready in case severe gales hit our region.

“We work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds."

Here are their ten tips for dealing with a power cut.

  • If there is a power cut first check your trip switches to see if it is an internal power cut.
  • Ring our 24-hour emergency line on 0800 195 4141 and signup to receive updates to your mobile.
  • Keep a torch handy.
  • If you are a vulnerable customer register at www.enwl.co.uk/priority
  • Check a stair lift can work without electricity.
  • Consider installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply system, which will safeguard your IT equipment.
  • Follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter for updates and more tips.
  • If you run a business and cannot afford to be without power it may be worthwhile investing in a generator.
  • Leave at least one light switched on so you know when your power is restored.
  • Leave your fridge and freezer doors closed–chilled products should remain safe for a number of hours.

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