Power cut strikes hundreds across UK

Kadri Simson says electricity needs 'significant investment'

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Power cuts plunged hundreds of households across northern England into darkness earlier this morning.

The outages affected five regions served by the Northern Powergrid, with the main impact said to be on North Lincolnshire, where 197 homes were affected.

County Durham was the next worse hit — with power cuts on 150 properties — with a smattering of outages also hitting West Yorkshire (9 homes), Kingston Upon Hull (7) and South Yorkshire (2), according to poweroutage.

The Met Office has some helpful advice on how to prepare for — and handle — a power cut.

It is wise, they said, to keep a supply of torches and batteries to hand in the event of an emergency, and to ensure that you keep your mobile phone charged so that you can still make calls, in an emergency situation, should the power supply fail.

The Met Office added: “If electricity is crucial for any medical equipment you have, please contact your distribution network operator […] as they may be able to put you on their priority register for assistance during any power outage.”

In the event that a blackout strikes, they continued, it is best to keep fridges and freezers closed — as so they remain cold — look out for any senior or vulnerable neighbours, and switch off appliances like irons, ovens, electric fires, etc. so that they don’t pose a potential hazard when the power is restored.

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