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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."