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Power operator working to repair damage caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia and restore powe

Engineers from Electricity North West are working in difficult conditions today to restore power after ex-hurricane Ophelia hit the North West overnight.

The region’s power network operator has restored supplies to more than 16,000 properties throughout the night following the Met Office’s yellow weather warning for severe gales of 60 to 65mph.

Around 2,000 properties remain without power as flying debris has hit power lines and high winds make access difficult for repair teams. Properties are affected mainly in the Lake District with 1,700 without power and 150 properties in Lancashire are currently without power.

Martin Deehan, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “Our engineers are working in extremely difficult conditions and they will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair the damage caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia and restore power to customers.

“We are still monitoring the weather very closely and have drafted in extra engineers to help with the repairs. We work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds.

“If you see any lines down please don’t approach them, call us directly on 105 and report it. You can also ring the same number to report a power cut 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

Customers that require extra assistance can sign up for our Priority Services Register online.

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