Thousands of homes in the South East of England have been experiencing power cuts, as the cold Arctic wave sends temperatures plummeting across the UK. Households across Surrey, Sussex, Kent, London and Essex were affected today. In Surrey, operator UK Power Networks is reporting problems in a number of different towns including Guildford, Chobham, Chertsey and Walton but other areas are also affected. These power cuts come as the country is set to be hit by -10 Arctic freeze and snow. Households were told to brace themselves for power cuts, as experts warned up to four inches of snow could fall within days.
In Surrey, 28 postcodes had affected, according to the UK Power Networks’ website, where they shared a live map with all affected areas, which you can view here.
They noted that 251 customers had been left with no power in the region, which is not expected to see temperatures rise above 3C, according to SurreyLive.
The UK Power Networks noted that this disruption occurred because “an underground electricity cable has faulted on our high voltage network, causing an area-wide power cut.”
On their website, they estimated that households should see their power resume today by 1:00- 2:00 PM.
UK Power Networks stated on Twitter: “We’ve assigned engineers to attend the area ASAP to the underground cable fault which is affecting 2,684 properties. We’re just waiting for a timescale at the moment.”
These power cuts could leave some worried about coping with the cold weather. “Extra assistance” is available according to UK Power Networks by calling them on 0800 31 63 105 or 105.
Smaller incidents were also reported further south, with one postcode in Hartfield, near Royal Tunbridge Wells, being left with no power, affecting three customers.
Meanwhile, a large 28-postcode-wide area in the south of the UK, including parts of Surrey, East and West Sussex, and Kent, was hit by a power cut, although according to the UK Power Networks, only three customers were affected.
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The incident was reported at 07:52 AM this morning, and the power was restored afterwards at 9:52 AM. The operator noted that this incident occurred due to a fault “on a high voltage electricity overhead line in the local area.”
For those without power one of the main issues to deal with is what you should do with food stored in fridges and freezes no longer running.
According to UK Power Networks, as long as you don’t open the door, food in a fridge should keep for 4-6 hours while in the freezer it’s 15-24 hours.
Meanwhile, in Essex, a number of different postcodes near Southend on Sea experienced power cuts, the largest of which affected 32 customers across 5 postcodes.
The company added that the power should be restored by 3:00-4:00 pm today, blaming a fault that “occurred on an underground electricity cable affecting the local area, we may have to dig up the road to carry out repairs.”
A number of properties in London were also left with no power, with two postcodes in Westminister, and two more in Soho, nearly Picadilly Circus being affected.
However, the UK Power Networks wrote this was because they “had to turn off power in your area so our engineers can safely carry out emergency repairs to the network.”
It comes as the Met Office issued a yellow snow and ice warning for London and the South East for tomorrow and Monday. Forecasters say the UK will suffer at least seven days of Arctic weather, temperatures as low as -10C, winter downpours and freezing fog.