Thousands of households still without electricity after the “worst storm in 16 years” in freezing temperatures – archyde

A hiker defies the snow on the Cow & Calf on Ilkey Moor Image: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour resulted in blackouts in 240,000 households, with about 40,000 still waiting for power to be restored.

Northern Powergrid, which provides power to the northeast, Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire, warned Sunday that some customers would be left off “for long periods” with 700 incidents remaining to be resolved.

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In addition to the use of helicopters to detect damage, additional engineers from Northern Ireland Electricity and UK Power Networks, which provide electricity in the southeast, have been recruited.

It came when the wintry weather persisted and snow fell on higher plains. Forecasters say after a milder interlude, they expect colder conditions to return later this week.

Northern Powergrid said the storm was the worst it has seen since 2005 and is working to restore electricity to thousands of homes, including areas with the Newcastle and Chester le Street postcodes.

It apologized to customers who were still without power and added, “With more than 700 (out of 1,100) incidents still to be resolved, there is a lot of work to be done.

“Many of the errors require intensive work and are localized with fewer customers, which means that some customers will be left out of service for a long time while the network operator runs this program.”

Frustrated customers used social media to complain about being stuck in freezing cold houses and voicing their concerns about vulnerable elderly and sick people.

One customer tweeted: “Stop the PR tweets and start informing customers who have been without power late Friday night.”

Emergency services and councils across North Yorkshire are monitoring people who may need assistance, particularly in areas affected by power outages.

The North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which is coordinating the response, said anyone can help by reaching out to older relatives, friends or neighbors.

The wintry weather meant some lingering problems on the roads as the A66 was closed between the A685 Brough and the A67 Bowes.

Spreaders and snow plows were used to remove stranded vehicles.

The A628 in South Yorkshire was also closed on Sunday between the A616 (Flouch) and the A57 (Hollingworth) due to strong wind and snow.

The Met Office announced that temperatures below -10 ° C are expected in areas Monday morning, with snow covering all of Scotland and northern England. After a milder interlude at the beginning of the week, according to forecasters, there are signs of further cold from the north until the middle of the week.

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