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Storm Aileen causes power cuts to thousands of homes

More than 8000 people were left without power last night Credit: Press Association

More than 8000 people were left without power last night after Storm Aileen hit the region.

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the region’s power network, said it had worked throughout the night and this morning to successfully restore power to around 7400 customers.

Around 800 households remain without power in parts of the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, as engineers work to carry out repairs to the network.

“We’ve been closely monitoring Storm Aileen all night. The storm did cause disruption on some parts of our network but our engineers, frontline staff and customer service advisors were ready to respond.

We invest around £1 million every day on maintaining and upgrading our network but weather like Storm Aileen can cause damage to our power network as result of fallen trees and wind-borne debris coming into contact with our network. The storm has now passed through our region and, as always, we will continue to closely monitor the weather.”

– Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid

The company will be deploying its helicopter today to carry out inspections and provide intelligence of any other damage which may have been caused by Storm Aileen to its overhead network.