You may have seen the ongoing forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Gareth) expected to arrive over the weekend affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.
UK Power electricity network is built to be resilient but high winds and rain can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens they work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. They have organised for additional staff in their contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to the electricity network.
Local residents will be able to find regular updates on the website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut can:
· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report power cuts or to receive updates
UK Power Network urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to them immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.
If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public you should call 999.
They will provide extra help to customers on a Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on the website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .
If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:
UK Power Networks has extra staff on hand to deal with the impact of Storm Gareth. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare or message @UKPowerNetworks on Twitter. #stormgareth #ukpnnews
If you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information. #stormgareth #ukpnnews