A power cut is affecting hundreds of businesses and homes in Gravesend town centre. It is understood an underground electricity cable faulted on the high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut.
Some 220,000 households and businesses lost power. The extreme weather severely damaged the poles and power lines that distribute electricity. Power cut affected mobile phone and internet services and reportedly allowed untreated water to enter drinking supplies.
The risk of power cuts to factories and homes this winter has increased, the National Grid warned, as the business secretary prepared for a crunch meeting with industry bosses concerned the energy crisis may force them to scale back production.
More than 500 homes and premises have been affected across Stockport, Tameside and north Manchester. The largest of the three power cuts is affecting Stockport, where Electricity North West says 351 customers are without power.
Some 379 people were affected by a power cut in the Waveney area. The power cut, which affected homes across a large rural area near both Beccles and Lowestoft, was caused when an overhead electricity cable faulted.
Almost 2,000 properties in Bedwirth, including businesses in the town centre, were without power. Businesses in the town centre left without power and were unable to open, with burglar alarms left blaring. Electricity was later restored.