Thousands of homes without power in Anglesey and Gwynedd

Severe gale force winds lead to power cuts across Gwynedd and Anglesey. Scottish Power say they have drafted in extra engineers to tackle the emergency

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Thousands of homes without power in north Wales

Gale forces winds have brought down electricity cables leading to power cuts. Credit: PA

Engineers are trying to restore the power to around 7,000 homes in Gwynedd and Anglesey today after severe gales forced down power lines.

Scottish Power says wind speeds of over 100mph have been recorded in Gwynedd, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula and 10,000 homes are without power across the network area.

The energy company says the biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down lines in some areas.

It says storm force winds are predicted to remain for most of the day causing hazardous working conditions and hampering the recovery operation.

The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are Gwynedd (2,500) and Anglesey (4,500).

ScottishPower says it has cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra engineers and contractors in order to help with the emergency response.

The company will do all that it can to restore supplies as quickly as possible. However, a number of roads and bridges have been blocked and closed by fallen trees which could restrict access and where wind speeds remain high engineers will not be able to climb poles and work at height.

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