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Storm Bronagh: Trees down & power cuts

Trees came down in parts of the region, with this one hitting a home in Hampshire Photo: Jo Moroney

Hundreds of homes in the region were still without power at 10am following the gale force winds of Storm Bronagh overnight.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said it had restored power to more than 20,000 of its customers, but 700 customers - mainly in parts of Dorset, Berkshire and the M4 corridor - remained without power.

SSEN said that heavy rain together with wind gusts of speeds greater than 50mph, reaching 60mph in coastal areas, caused damage to its infrastructure. Some overhead lines were affected by falling trees and debris being blown about in the wind.

Managers said they had identified all the faults and engineers are continuing to work on repairs.

Customers can put their postcodes in the SSEN power track map to find out if their area is affected and to get updates.

SSEN map of power supply disruption Credit: SSEN

“We were well prepared for this weather event and our network has held up very well to the gale-force winds overnight. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding at this time, and for those who are without power, assure them that our teams will continue to do everything possible to restore their supplies as safely and as quickly as possible.

“With high winds forecast to continue throughout today and return on Sunday, we will continue to monitor conditions and are ready to respond to any damage. If any of our customers do come across any damage to our equipment, we ask that they don’t approach it as it may still be live. Instead, call us on the single emergency number 105 and we’ll investigate as soon as possible.”

– Craig Gilroy, SSEN’s Director of Customer Operations

The firm advises it customers to prepare for the possibility of disruption to power supplies by:

  • Saving the new Freephone emergency power cut number – 105 – to your phone to use if your power goes off, or if you see any damage to the electricity network
  • Downloading SSEN’s Power Track app to give you details of power cuts and restoration times and to report faults or damage to SSEN’s network
  • Going to SSEN’s website for advice and information on how to prepare for a possible loss of power, or to chat live to one of SSEN’s advisors via its Webchat service
  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates