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Power supplies 'to be restored today'

Seventy properties in Cumbria left without power will have supplies restored today, according to Electricity North West.

Engineers have already restored more than 24,000 properties across the region following Thursday's storms.

The wind had blown trees and debris into overhead power lines and snapped electricity poles.

A thousand homes without power

Work's continuing to restore power to around one thousand homes in Cumbria after Thursday night's storms.

Fallen trees damaged power cables and disrupted roads, rail and ferry services across the North West.

24,000 homes in the region were left without power.

Supplies to most have now been restored but Electricity North West says its engineers are working hard to connect the remaining properties.

"Yesterday conditions made it difficult for engineers to access sites due to trees blocking roads, and the wind also prevented linesmen in some areas from climbing poles to restore supplies.We've drafted in extra engineers to help clear the trees and debris to ensure we restore power as soon as possible."

– Electricity North West


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Met Office warns storm still moving across the country

The Met Office said bad weather will continue to affect large parts of the country throughout the day and into tonight. A number of warnings are in place across the country, and people are being urged to stay indoors where possible this evening.

Waves batter the coast at Saltcoats in Scotland. Credit: Press Association

Nicola Maxey, a Met Office spokeswoman said:

"The weather front is still moving across the country, bringing strong winds and rain.

There is an amber warning for people to be prepared in Anglesey and Caernarfon in North Wales, and in parts of North West and North East England, which lasts until 6pm this evening.

"We also have a yellow warning for people to be aware of rain in southern parts of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland which will be in place until midnight.

"And there is a yellow warning until midnight for wind in southern parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the West and East Midlands."

Chill Factore closed for the second time this month

The Chill Factore as also closed on December 5 because of damage to the roof from high winds. Credit: Granada Reports

The Chill Factore has been closed for the second time this month.

It follows reports that fire crews were called to the ski and snowboarding attraction near the Trafford Centre after part of the roof came off.

The attraction was also closed on December 5 because of damage to the roof from high winds.


Met Office: Amber warning for wind in force until tonight

Library picture: A number of trees have fallen down due to severe gales Credit: PA

Gusts of up to 60 to 70mph are being seen quite widely across Cumbria and along the coast of Lancashire and Merseyside.

The highest gust so far was recorded at St. Bees Head at 01:00 this morning with 85mph.

Today’s Amber warning for wind remains in force until 18:00, covering all of Cumbria except the very far north and Lancashire north of a line from Lytham St. Annes to Slaidburn.

Gales disrupt services on the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry

Library picture: Strong winds lash the coast of the Isle of Man Credit: PA

Severe gales are disrupting services on the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry.

The 08:45 Douglas to Heysham has been cancelled, along with the Heysham to Douglas 14:15 service.

The 19:45 Douglas to Heysham ferry is subject to cancellation, but this will be decided at 15:00.

An Isle of Man Steam Packet spokesman apologised for the inconvenience to passengers and advised people to check its website for further updates.

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