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Storm Emma

Storm Emma, March 2018

Following a week of subzero temperatures, named the 'beast from the east', which brought temperatures to below freezing across the North West, poor weather continued when Storm Emma hit the region on Thursday 1 March 2018.

Engineers battled difficult weather conditions, high winds and drifting snow, to restore power to 23,000 properties across Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the Peak District. Local communities offered their support to help our engineers gain vital access to snow hit areas and carry out repairs. 

Strong winds caused problems to our overhead lines and additional safety warnings were issued when a local walker attempted to remove a large tree branch hanging from an overhead line and narrowly escaping death. 

Here are some of the conditions they faced.

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Photos of the conditions we faced

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Overhead line down in Oldham

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'Luckiest man alive' cheats death trying to remove branch from power lines

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Local farmer digs out snow to help engineers access site in Oldham

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Line down in Horwich

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Conditions we faced- Howgill, Cumbria

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