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Thousands of homes without power after 'fault'

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Thousands of homes are without power this morning after a 'fault' affecting areas in Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scottish and Southern Energy say most of the 3,800 homes affected will be reconnected by 11am.

Below is a list of the affected areas:

  • Aldershot - 150 properties
  • Portsmouth - 56 properties
  • Oxfordshire - 1,600 properties
  • Poole - 84 properties
  • New Forest - 1,900 properties

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Homes and businesses left without power

Shoppers leave shops affected by the power cut Credit: Steven Quy

Thousands of homes and businesses in the centre of Winchester are without power this afternoon.

A major power cut in the city centre meant many shops and restaurants having to close.

Many shops were forced to close because of the power cut Credit: Steven Quy
Shoppers are left outside following a major power cut Credit: Amanda Compton

Power cuts and rain for Dorset & the New Forest

Heavy thunderstorms brought our extended summer to a dramatic end overnight - in a twist to what has been the hottest September in 100 years.

Dorset and the New Forest were among the hardest hit last night - homes struck by lightning, schools closed and roads flooded, and thousands of homes left without power. The storm arrived in Dorset at 1am and slowly made its way east. At it's peak, more than an inch of rain fell in Swanage in just one hour, overwhelming drains and flooding homes.

In Christchurch, a house caught fire when it was struck by lightning, causing the roof to collapse. Rachel Hepworth reports on today's clean-up after the storm.


Tree cutters in £350k 1-day scheme to stop power cuts

Trees falling on power lines have disrupted supplies in West Sussex nine times in the past year

A team of 150 workers is to carry out Southern Electric's biggest ever tree cutting programme - in a bid to reduce the number of power cuts in West Sussex.

Fallen trees hitting power lines or interfering with the network have caused nine power outages in the past year alone. The firm is spending £350,000 on the one-day operation which will see tree cutters, engineers and contractors working in Milland, Redford and Linch. Power will be turned off between 8am - 6pm in the areas with electricity being provided through temporary power generators where possible.

"We are not just minimising the risk of a power cut during high winds, but we are also reducing the number of planned outages that are needed to carry out installation of new equipment and routine tree cutting work. By doing the work in one day, and on this scale, means we don't have to keep switching off the network in the area."

– Chris Anderson, SEPD's Tree Cutting Field Manager
Tree cutters will cut back trees over an area of 200,000 square metres

The entire project will cover an area of 200,000 sq. metres. The firm has reassured the public that only vegetation and dead trees will be removed if they pose a significant threat to the network and are within falling distance of an overhead line.

The company is setting up a mobile welfare and information point to provide free hot food and drinks, as well as charging facilities for customers' mobile phones and tablets.

Hundreds of homes without power after storms

Hundreds of homes across the South are still without power following last night's storms. Southern Electric Power Distribution engineers have been working late into the night and since the early hours to repair damage to the electricity network.

Hundreds of homes are without power following high winds Credit: ITV Meridian

The stronger than predicted winds yesterday affected the power to around 10,000 properties. Engineers made significant progress yesterday and there are now around 2,800 customers currently affected. Work is continuing today and engineers are aiming to restore the remaining supplies this afternoon.

The breakdown of customers still without supply are as follows: Aldershot 248 Basingstoke 684 Petersfield 1072 Reading 720 New Forest 100 Oxford 75 Slough 27

Extra engineers and support staff have been mobilised in order to be able to repair any damage as quickly as possible and welfare vans have been sent out to the Petersfield area. We have also increased call handlers in our emergency centre in Portsmouth.

Safety around the electricity network is crucial at this time and anyone who finds any damage to the network should remain at a safe distance and call our emergency number on 0800 072 7282.

Questions to be asked over Christmas power cuts

Bosses of the big six energy companies are to be questioned by MPs about power cuts over Christmas.

The storms over the festive period which hit the south, left some without electricity more than once.

People in Dorset had to leave their homes for several days before their supply was reconnected.

Up to 100,000 homes in the south were without power on Christmas day.

Homeowners left with no power at Christmas angry over compensation offer

They were left in the dark for more than two weeks - but now homeowners in the south east who were left with no electricity over Christmas and the New Year have sparked a major row with their energy supplier over the amount of compensation they've been offered.

Some customers of UK Power Networks have been told they'll only receive £75 with a maximum payout of £423. But those who experienced the disruption say it's not enough and have told our reporter John Ryall that they'll fight for every penny they can get.

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