Storm latest: Round the clock operation to reconnect power continues

More than 1,000 UK Power Networks engineers have worked round the clock to reconnect 650,000 in the east
More than 1,000 UK Power Networks engineers have worked round the clock to reconnect 650,000 in the east
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) said this afternoon that more than 640,000 properties in the east have been reconnected after Monday’s storm.

It has had about 1,000 engineers — six times more than normally on duty — working round the clock since 650,000 properties in the east alone were cut of by ‘St Jude’s Storm’ on Monday morning, during which the Wattisham weather station recorded a gust of 78mph.

UKPN said this evening that 9,100 people were still without power in the east, though half a million were reconnected in the first day.

Director of customer services Matt Rudling said: “I would like to thank people who are still without power for their patience, and stress that we are working to restore all supplies as quickly as is safely possible.”

UKPN has been using helicopters to survey power lines but asks people to call 0800 783 8838 if they spot damage to lines. It stresses to stay clear of damaged powerlines.

Suffolk Police today warned drivers to take care on country roads where weakened trees or branches may still be coming down.

In response to a request from UK Power Networks Suffolk’s Joint Emergency Planning Unit will coordinate with voluntary organisations to provide drop in centres today (Thursday 31 October) in areas where power is still off to provide hot refreshments and a warm place to sit.

They are available from 9am to noon at:

Creeting St Peter Village Hall where there will be a Salvation Army mobile catering vehicle

Great Waldingfield Village Hall where the Royal Voluntary Service will have a mobile catering service

Ufford Pavillion, The Avenue, Ufford, where there will be an Eastern Facilities Management Services mobile catering vehicle