Over 1,100 left without power near Puddletown

Over 1,100 left without power near Puddletown

Published by George Sharpe at 6:14pm 14th January 2020. (Updated at 6:15pm 14th January 2020)

10 customers are still waiting for power to be restored after a powercut today.

Scottish and Southern Electricity were alerted to a fault around 2pm today which initially affected 1,149 customers.

They say it was caused by over head lines being brought down but weren't able to say for sure that it was weather related.

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10 customers are still without power, but the fault has been repaired and power is being returned in phases. They expect the final phase to be completed by 8pm.

An SSE Spokesperson said:

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience while our engineers worked safely and as quickly as possible to restore power in the challenging weather conditions we have today. 

"We'd like to reassure our customers our teams are well prepared to respond promptly to any damage to our network, where it is safe to do so, but I'd ask anyone concerned about the potential disruption to supplies, particularly those who may need extra support during a power cut, to call our teams on 105 where our dedicated teams are available to help."

Is further damage likely?

The impact of Storm Brendan has caused widespread disruption across much of the UK. They're responding to the Yellow Weather warning by moving teams to areas expected to be impacted by the strong winds.

Stuart Hogarth, Director of Customer Operations, said:

"We have this morning moved to Yellow Alert in anticipation of period of strong winds which could impact our electricity network in central southern England.  Having tracked the weather front for a number of days, we have increased our resources in preparation of the storm, moving engineers and critical network infrastructure to areas across our network region likely to be impacted by the storm. 

"We'd like to reassure our customers our teams are well prepared to respond promptly to any damage to our network, where it is safe to do so, but I'd ask anyone concerned about the potential disruption to supplies, particularly those who may need extra support during a power cut, to call our teams on 105 where our dedicated teams are available to help."

SSEN is urging people not to approach any damage to the network and instead, report it to SSEN directly by calling 105 or via the Power Track app and engineers will safely investigate as soon as possible.