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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Power restored to remaining storm-hit areas in Cumbria

Engineers have managed to restore power to the final 70 homes hit by cuts over the festive period.

Electricity North West confirmed that all of the homes affected by last week's storms now have electricity.

The areas worst hit were Carlisle, Workington and Penrith.

Teams from Electricity North West worked tirelessly from the first reported power cuts on Thursday night until last night to repair the damage caused by the severe weather.

At its peak 15,000 homes were left without electricity, with more than 24,000 affected in total.

The utility company said the restoration process was hindered on Friday when high winds meant it was too dangerous for engineers to climb poles.

A statement from Electricity North West said: "We understand how frustrating it is to be without power, especially during the festive period, but we would like to thank customers in Cumbria for their patience and support."

Winds of more than 100mph blew down trees, closed roads and cut power supplies across the county on Friday.

Homes and businesses have been cleaning up and assessing the damage caused by the storms.

Strong winds caused a string of problems on the roads and railways, as the Met Office issued an amber alert - its second most severe warning - for wind in the county.

At the height of the storm, winds of 113mph were recorded at Great Dunn Fell, near Penrith, with gusts of 85mph being reported at St Bees Head in west Cumbria.

* Have you been without power since Thursday or Friday? Email kpattison@cnmedia.co.uk or call today on 01228 612204.

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