Engineers from across UK help restore power to homes after Storm Arwen damage

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Devastating Hurricane Arwen. Engineers from across the UK have been drafted in to help thousands of homes without electricity since

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The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said the number of UK homes stood at 66,000 as of 5pm on Monday, although around 1,000,000 homes and businesses are believed to have been damaged overall.

The worst-affected regions are Scotland and north-east England, where engineers from Northern Ireland and southern England have been drawn in to help repair malfunctions and “significant damage” to the network.


It comes as parts of the UK suffered the coldest night of autumn ever, including the curse in Cumbria, north-west England, which the Met Office said was the season’s lowest ever. The temperature here was minus 8.7C (16.34F).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to help Scotland deal with the aftermath of the storm, which saw swathes of Britain battered by strong winds, hail and snow over the weekend, while former Lib Dame leader Tim Farron called on the government to bring in troops . for help.

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The ENA said drone and helicopter surveys have revealed problems in inaccessible areas, with a patrol finding that about 100 power poles were broken and needed to be replaced.

An ENA spokesperson said: “Supporting and re-engaging customers is our absolute priority and our customer team is working round the clock to contact customers and keep them informed.

“We are also working with other utilities, local authorities, emergency services and the British Red Cross to support this effort.”

Mr Johnson said the UK government was standing by to help Scotland.

In a tweet, he said: “My condolences are with those facing any disruption caused by Hurricane Arwen.

“As the situation in the North East of Scotland is most worrying and the forecast is improving, we stand ready to provide further assistance to the Scottish Government.”

In the Commons, Mr. Farone said, “These people are facing their fourth night without electricity. We need to help today the hard work of engineers working round the clock to fix those connections, increase their numbers.” Night support is needed. It may also mean bringing in the army.”

Sprinter Matt Oldham braves the weather at Marsden Moor, Yorkshire (Martin Ricketts/PA)

He continued: “We also need the support of the wonderful community volunteers who are helping vulnerable people and families who are cold, hungry and suffering in other ways. After four nights without electricity, most people would be vulnerable. Huh.”

Transport for Wales said that in Wales, rail services would be affected this week as trains running on tracks laden with debris are being repaired.

The Meteorological Department said that on Monday, the temperature will be warm instead of cold, after which there will be a further drop in the temperature on Wednesday night.

Spokesman Ollie Clayden said: “The whole of the UK will become lighter. The places that will hold cold air the longest will be in the south-east of the UK.

“The low temperature will return on Wednesday and Thursday night.

“However, I don’t think it will be as low as we’ve seen before.

“It will still be below zero, but more like minus 4C (24.8F) or minus 5C (23F).”

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) and charity Age UK have urged people to seek out elderly relatives who are most likely to have adverse health effects in cold weather.

Age UK advised people to keep going and make sure they get their winter vaccines, while LAS urged people to check on their grandparents.

The LAS said in a statement: “Please watch out for family, friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable in cold weather.

“Just coming in for a cup of tea and making sure they have groceries and that their heating is working can make a big difference.”


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