16/01/15: Power restored to thousands of customers after severe weather
Over the past two days Electricity North West has successfully restored power to more than 3,000 customers after severe gales caused damage to the power network across the region.
Engineers have been working around the clock in extremely difficult conditions to restore power to customers located mainly in Carlisle, Dalton-in-Furness, Greater Manchester and Macclesfield.
Following the yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office earlier this week the power operator has been closely monitoring the weather and extra engineers have been on standby to help restore power and repair weather related damage to the overhead power lines.
High winds can cause trees and debris to blow into overhead power lines, causing power cuts. Please stay away from any fallen power lines and report it as soon as possible.
The North West will continue to see sporadic severe weather and a yellow weather warning is in place for today (Friday) until tomorrow afternoon for snow and ice.
The power company operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to incidents and keep customers updated about any issues on the network.
Electricity North West’s partners, the British Red Cross are also on standby to offer extra support to vulnerable customers. Vulnerable customers, including some older or disabled people, or those with a medical dependency on electricity, can sign up to the Priority Services Register by visiting www.electricitynorthwwest.co.uk/priority or contacting us on 0800 195 4141.
To report a power cut or damage to the power network call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141, follow us @ElectricityNW or visit www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk.
• Cumbria: 39 off at peak in Alston and 270 in Brampton, restored all customers
• Lancaster: 19 off at peak in Tatham, restored all customers
• Greater Manchester: 670 off at peak in Ashton, restored all customers
• Macclesfield: 94 off at peak, restored all customers
• Dalton-In-Furness: 2,500 off at peak, restored all customers
What to do if you have a power cut:
• Keep your freezer and fridge door closed to prevent defrosting
• Leave a light on so you know when power is restored
• Use- a battery operated or wind-up torch. If you don’t have access to either, please take care when using candles.
• Check on your elderly or sick neighbours and relatives
• Make sure electrical appliances, such as cookers, electric fires etc are turned off
• Join our Priority Service Register if you need extra support electricitynorthwest.co.uk/priority
• If you need any advice ring us 24/7 on 0800 195 4141 or follow @ElectricityNW
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