Storms cut off 25,000 homes

Thousands of homes in the region were without power today due to the severe weather conditions.

As of 11.45am, approximately 25,000 properties in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire were without power, with up to 75mph wind gusts recorded.

In total, the storm has impacted around 55,000 customers since midnight when the weather began to deteriorate.

Northern Powergrid engineers continue to work as hard as possible to restore power to customers hit by today’s storm.

The company has activated its major incident response plan and all available staff have been deployed.

Problems are being experienced across the region.

Northern Powergrid had the following advice for anyone without power:

Turn off electrical appliances at the socket. This is particularly important for heating or cooking appliances as your power could return at any time and potentially cause a safety hazard if you are absent, asleep or unaware.

Keep one light switched on so that you know when electricity has returned.

Check on any vulnerable neighbours and relatives to make sure they are comfortable and well.

Use battery-powered lamps or torches if possible instead of candles as they are safer.

Only call 999 in the event of an emergency.

Contact the power cut helpline on 0800 668877 anytime if your power supply has been affected.