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Electricity restored to thousands of Hampshire homes after Storm Jude
8:51pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
POWER has been restored to all homes in the south tonight – two days after severe storms caused havoc.
At its height in the aftermath of the weather, which saw wind speeds of 100 miles per hour hit the Isle of Wight and parts of Hampshire, more than 82,000 homes suffered power failure in the local area.
But tonight Southern Electric Power Distribution confirmed that engineers have successfully restored supplies to all customers affected.
The failure happened after the extreme weather caused significant damage to the electricity network. A number of wooden poles were blown over or snapped, trees and other wind borne debris brought down overhead power lines and multiple incidents of damage were found in a number of remote and difficult to access areas. They said contingency plans were put in place, with more than 1,100 engineers and support staff working through the past 48 hours to fix the problems.
More than 1,000 seperate incidents of damage were recorded to overhead lines while 50 mobile generators were installed.
SEPD’s Director of Distribution Stuart Hogarth said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been affected by the loss of power for their patience. We have successfully restored power in some very challenging conditions. Although power has now been restored, our work is not yet complete. We will still have a presence in some areas over the next few days to carry out further repairs and follow-up work to restore the network to normal operations. “All incidents that have previously been reported to us have been dealt with. However if there are any customers who are still without power they should contact our team on 0800 072 7282 as soon as possible and we will arrange for engineers to call out to them.”
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