Storm latest: 18,000 people still without power in Suffolk

Storm St Jude battered the UK on October 28
Storm St Jude battered the UK on October 28
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About 1,000 UK Power Networks engineers are still battling to reconnect thousands of households across the east after yesterday’s storm.

A spokeswoman said this afternoon that 620,000 premises across the east were cut off yesterday and 46,000 are still off.

She added: “In Suffolk it’s about 18,000 still off, but that is down from the 40,000s yesterday.

“We’ve got engineers out there working and they’re going to be working until they’re all back on. We’re hoping to have the majority on by tomorrow evening.”

She said the damage was mainly due to falling trees and windblown debris hitting powerlines, though 600 properties are off in Needham Market after a large tree fell, pulling up an underground cable.

UK Power Networks has thanks people for their patience and asks anyone spotting a damaged powerline in the east of England call 0800 783 8838, but warns them to keep clear of the damage.

Suffolk Fire Service has urged people to take care with portable heaters and candles during power cuts.

A spokesman said: “Following yesterday’s storm, we are receiving reports of people being injured as a result of using portable heating and cooking appliances, where power has been lost to the home.”

They say to use a fire guard around open fires, take care if using rugs and blankets to keep warm to keep them away from fires and heaters, not to dry clothes on portable heaters and not to put them too close to furniture.

They say candles should be in proper holders and tea lights should be placed in a holder or on a saucer.

Check smoke alarms are working.