Clean up under way as thousands still without power

Sean Matthews clears Christmas decorations and personal belongings from his home in Yalding, Kent.
Sean Matthews clears Christmas decorations and personal belongings from his home in Yalding, Kent. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The clean up is underway for residents in Kent whose properties were damaged in the Christmas Day storms.

UK Power Networks said 663 customers in the area were still without power today.

"Due to the severity of the storm damage it may take until the end of the week to restore power supplies to the final single premises affected in these areas, though work is continuing to reconnect most of the remaining supplies as quickly as possible," a spokesman said.

A woman carries dripping carpet from her home in Yalding, Kent.
A woman carries dripping carpet from her home in Yalding, Kent. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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