Storm Franklin: Hundreds still without power after Storm Eunice swept through Berkshire
Homes in parts of Berkshire are still without power after Storm Eunice hit the county on Friday.
Scottish and Southern Energy Network, which manages electricity infrastructure in Berkshire, continues to report a number of power outages around Reading, Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire.
Dozens of ZIP codes are listed as affected, potentially meaning hundreds of homes across the county are still without power as Storm Franklin looks set to bring further high winds overnight and up see you Monday.
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A Met Office weather warning for the wind is in effect until 1pm Monday.
On Friday, Storm Eunice caused what energy providers say was a record national outage in a 24-hour period, and some 77,000 people were still without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Energy Networks Association (ENA). .
Ross Easton, director of external affairs at ENA, said 8,000 engineers were working to reconnect customers in a huge nationwide effort, but many homes will still be without power next week.
Mr Easton told PA: “With Storm Franklin now named, we are concerned about these reconnect efforts, as the job involves sending engineers to climb utility poles to reconnect wires.
“You wouldn’t want your friends and family going out in some of the weather conditions we’re seeing – first and foremost we need to make sure our colleagues are safe.
“We’re still making pretty good progress in terms of reconnecting, but that’s certainly being hampered by high winds.”
Mr Easton added that customers in South West and South East England ‘where we have seen houses crushed and trees falling’ in the midst of Storm Eunice will likely be the last to see their connections restored.
“It won’t be today that everyone will be reconnected,” he said.
“The number (of outages) will continue to drop, but unfortunately this means that customers in more rural areas and areas hardest hit by the weather will be off the grid for longer.”
Giving advice to those facing a third night without power, Mr Easton said: ‘First, check on your friends, family and neighbors to make sure they are safe and healthy, and if you have any concerns or need additional support, call your local network operator.
Operators in England, Scotland and Wales can be contacted free of charge on 105, and in Northern Ireland the number is 03457 643 643.
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