South recovers from the storm damage

As many homes and businesses across the South have been affected by the storm, power companies and local councils are working to restore homes.

Last house in Kent to get power back

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Almost every home that lost power in the storms across the South East has now been reconnected. But for many it's meant a Christmas of misery and waiting for repairs. David Johns has visited one couple, Gill and Ian Pooley, who've been without electricity for eight days.

Kent family without power for a week

A Kent family who have been without power since December 23 are bracing themselves for yet another night without electricity.

Alexandr Prisyazhnyuk, 41, relocated to a local hotel with his wife and three children after trees fell on overhead power cables and left their home without power.

Mr Prisyazhnyuk said: "It's pretty bad, I would say, as I haven't had any response from the power company, and all the time they just promise to restore power and they haven't. According to the news, all homes had been reconnected. After that I thought everybody had ignored me and my family."

He now faces further problems as the hotel he has been staying in is fully booked for New Years Eve.

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Southern Electric say all homes are now restored

Teams from Southern Electric have now restored electricity to around 130,000 homes that were affected by the devastating high winds and flooding over the Christmas period.

With around 90,000 homes affected during the peak of the storm, over 300 staff were enlisted to restore supplies as over 1000 damaged conductors on the network.

In some of the most challenging working conditions we have ever faced our teams were determined to restore every customer's home affected by the storm both safely and as soon as practically possible. Because of the rural nature of the area we needed many staff to reach small numbers of outlying customers. Hundreds of staff have taken part in this effort both in the field and in supporting roles."

– Stuart Hogarth, Director of Distribution

UK Power Networks' advice for power cuts

The UK Power Network have updated a map with the latest reported power cuts across our region.

They have also detailed advice for those without power and how to claim compensation on their website.

Live map detailing latest power cuts under UK Power Networks Credit: UK Power Networks

If your power goes off the advice is to:

-Avoid opening the freezer door to protect your food

-Turn off and unplug non-essential electrical equipment

-Keep warm by staying in one room and wear several layers of clothing

-Limit the use of your laptop or phone to retain battery

-Keep an eye on any elderly residents or ill neighbours

-If there has been a storm, stay away from fallen lines, flooded areas and debris

-After the power cut be sure to check your circuit breaker

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60 homes with no power in Southern England

There are 60 homes remaining without power in the Southern Electric region this morning.

Engineers have been working to restore 740 customers since their power was originally cut earlier this week.

We would like to thank customers for their continued patience while our teams continue their work today in these areas where homes are still without electricity. We are confident that all electricity supplies will be restored by the end of today, and we will not stop our efforts until every customer has their electricity supply connected."

– Stuart Hogarth, Director of Distribution

303 homes across South East without power

There are 303 homes in Kent, Surrey and Sussex who remain without power today, according to a statement released by UK Power Networks.

The company say by the end of today all homes should have their power restored.

The current customers without powers are located in:

Kent - 169

Surrey - 22

Sussex - 112

When high winds struck on Christmas Eve, power was interrupted to more than 300,000 homes but engineers worked to restore most of these supplies.

Catering vans were also sent to Yalding and Staplehurst in Kent on Friday and provided Christmas dinner for those without power.