More than 12,000 properties in North Yorkshire suffered power cuts overnight after heavy ice and snow felled overhead powerlines. Engineers working around the clock had by 8am restored power to 50% of those properties, a Northern Powergrid spokesman said.
A further 200 incidents of damage, affecting 40,000 or so properties, remain to be repaired. The engineers are facing difficulties including drifting snow in their attempts to find and repair the damage. In the Whitby area power was restored by mid-day to around 12,000 customers.