AS MANY as 1,300 homes in Eastleigh are facing power cuts this morning.

Electricity company SSE say a "fault" on its main network is causing power cuts in the town and the surrounding areas.

The company expects all supplies to be restored by 1pm.

KFC, Ladbookes and even Iceland closed as a result of the power cut.

The Spitfire pub remained open, determined to continue the St Patrick's day festivities regardless.

Land lord Marrin Rees said:"We're still open for now despite the power cut. Its just typical on today of all days.

"We were gearing up for St Patrick's.

He added: "They say the power should be back on by one. I hope it is. Its really cut into our business."

Publican, Mickey Smooth said:" Its annoying. I came down to watch the Spurs game and the Rugby. But this is the best pub in Eastleigh for staying open."

Another local business that remains open is the Heart foundation charity shop.

Assisstant manager Cath Wood said: "Its annoying. But it cant be helped. We can still get to the till and see in here so I don't think it's a health hazard."

UPDATE: SSE say the electricity was restored at around 1pm.