15,000 homes in the South East still without power

UK Power Networks engineers have restored power to the majority of customers who were affected today when high winds caused extensive damage to power lines.

Latest figures show there are currently 15,000 homes in the South East still without power and these figures are changing constantly.

UK Power Networks has five times the normal number of engineers on duty (750 compared to 150 on a usual day) and many extra call advisors answering the phones.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: “Engineers will continue restoring supplies as quickly as is safely possible throughout this evening and tonight, although it could be 24-36 hours before the final pockets of supplies are restored.

“We are carrying out helicopter patrols to check overhead power lines.

Customer service staff and volunteers from the British Red Cross, which works in partnership with UK Power Networks, will also be on site helping people in the worst affected areas.”

Between midnight and 4pm the company received more than 100,000 calls so our lines are extremely busy.

It is asking customers to report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838.

You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates.

Anyone spotting a damaged power line is urged to report it, but please stay well clear.