Thousands left in dark after power cuts in gales

OVER 3,400 properties across Northumberland and Durham suffered power cuts during the severe gales of the last 48 hours.

OVER 3,400 properties across Northumberland and Durham suffered power cuts during the severe gales of the last 48 hours.

Northern Powergrid said a total of 3,468 customers lost supplies at different times – but the vast majority were quickly reconnected.

Gales gusting at up to 75mph brought down power lines and trees, with teams of engineers working around the clock to restore supplies.

“It was all hands on deck and one of our busiest periods of recent times,” a Powergrid spokesman said.

“There were no major incidents but a significant number of minor incidents involving small pockets of the network.

“There were a total of 3,468 individual cases of power lost but by lunchtime yesterday we had restored 3,192 of them.

“That left a total of 276 still off in a total of 10 separate incidents, with four of those still ongoing later in the day.”

All power supplies were expected to be restored by last night as the gales across the region finally died down.

“We did have a very busy period but we did manage it,” added the Powergrid spokesman.

“Our engineers had to stop work on other jobs to concentrate on restoring supplies.”

In Allendale, Northumberland, the winds brought down a tree onto overhead lines, cutting off a small number of homes.

A spokesman at the Allendale Co-operative said yesterday: “It was a wild night but the centre of the town does not appear to have been affected.”

 
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