Storm Arwen: Cumbria's damage as seen from above - helicopter captures images of destruction

  • Scenes from above Cumbria today

This is what the devastating effects of Storm Arwen on Cumbria look like from the sky.

Helicopters are being used by power supplier Electricity North West as it seeks to restore electricity to homes across the county.

The storm hit Cumbria, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway on Friday night, bringing winds of up to 90mph in some areas.

This has thousands of homes without power and - in Cumbria - some homes will not be reconnected until Friday.

Stephanie Trubshaw, Electricity North West’s customer director and incident Manager, said: “The devastation caused to our power network by Storm Arwen has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and we’re continuing to discover more damage needing repairs."

She added the extra engineers had been brought in from other parts of the UK to help with the repair work and that they were working "flat out".

Helicopter flights are being used by the company to spot damage workers have not been able to see on the ground.

  • Jane Fleetwood, Electricity North West

Electricity North West has dealt with approximately 900 different incidents across its supply area as a result of the storm. At its peak, 112,000 of its customers were cut off from the power supply.

The company has been running food vans and emergency accommodation. Similar facilities have also been set up in southern Scotland.

For full details on the situation regarding support, click here.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng made a statement on Storm Arwen in the House of Commons today.

“The scale of the restoration effort engineers are facing is enormous," he said.

"The weekend saw exceptionally strong winds… of almost 100mph which have brought large trees and debris down to power lines.”

He added: "Clearly, Storm Arwen was an event the likes of which we haven’t seen for certainly 60 years since the record starts.“We have to be prepared for similarly extreme difficult weather conditions in the future. We have to make sure that our system is resilient in that eventuality.”

Labour MP Grahame Morris, County Durham, whose constituency of Easington was battered by Arwen branded the governmen