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Electricity staff on standby to deal with power outages

Northern Powergrid says it has extra staff working today to deal with potential power cuts due to bad weather.

The company, which runs the electricity distribution network across the North East, says there have been a series of small power cuts following lightning storms overnight and early this morning.

Anyone who experiences problems can contact Northern Powergrid on 0800 66 88 77 or visit



North East braces itself for another storm

Storms have been battering the coasts of northern England. Credit: ITV news

The region's preparing for more bad weather today with gale force winds forecast for this afternoon and snow on higher ground.

Over the last few days, tens of thousands of homes lost power because of the bad weather.

Engineers have been working around the clock and most are now back to normal.

Animal sanctuary wrecked by storms

All the animals escaped unharmed after storm battered sanctuary. Credit: Kays Hall animal sanctuary

An animal sanctuary in West Auckland is appealing for help to repair damage caused by last night's storms.

Strong winds, up to 70mph, battered the region, tearing down electricity pylons and trees.

All the animals at Kays Hill animal sanctuary are safe but the site bore the full brunt of the weather.

Storm damages animal sanctuary in West Auckland. Credit: Kays Hill animal sanctuary
Strong winds caused damage at West Auckland animal sanctuary. Credit: Kays Hall animal sanctuary
Owners are appealing for help to repair the damage. Credit: Kays Hill animal sanctuary
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