Severe weather: December 2013
In December 2013 the North West experienced four separate storms that affected the power network. Debris was blown into lines and electricity poles were blown over.
Winds up to 100mph hit the region just before midnight on 26 December and lasted in some parts for the next two days. In total 45,000 properties lost power. The conditions meant that linesmen were unable to climb poles in the worst-affected areas for up to eight hours following the storm.
Despite the horrendous conditions, Electricity North West restored power to almost 70% of customers within three hours, and 98% of customers within 24 hours.
Here is a selection of images showing the difficulties facing engineers in restoring power to affected customers, throughout December.