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Thousands of homes still without electricity 10 days after storm Arwen


Thousands of homes in the UK are still without electricity more than a week after Storm Arwen.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said 4,025 homes were still waiting to be reconnected on Sunday morning.

This is down from the 4,700 homes on Saturday night.

The majority of the affected houses are in the north-east of England, the ENA added.

Members of the armed forces check overhead power cables (Danny Lawson / PA)

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to assess the damage caused by Storm Arwen in Durham this afternoon.

It comes after gusts of 35 to 50 mph hit the country overnight on Saturday, with temperatures dropping below zero in parts of Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Met Office is forecasting further wet and windy weather for next week, with poor weather continuing in areas already affected by Storm Arwen.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said: “It will be a relatively pleasant day today, but it will be windy that night.

“Temperatures, with the wind and cloud cover, are expected to remain high overnight.

“It should help things a bit, but we expect more changeable and unstable weather.

“This volatile weather is not going to help too much the areas that have been affected by Storm Arwen.”

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Boris Johnson said he has had calls with those who led the response to Storm Arwen (Department of Defense / PA)

Stewart Sexton, from Alnwick, Northumberland, is on day 10 without power.

“Yesterday we got confirmation that it would be at the end of the game today,” the 57-year-old told the PA News Agency.

“NPG (Northern Powergrid) even called us back to say yes – confirmed – back on the 5th.

“However, it is blowing at 40 mph with rain here today, so this confirmation is highly unlikely, if not impossible.”

The Defense Ministry told the Palestinian Authority that 297 British Army and Royal Marines personnel are still providing support to civilian authorities and carrying out door-to-door checks on vulnerable people on Sunday morning.

Boris Johnson said on Saturday he had had calls with those leading the response to Storm Arwen and that the government was ready to further support the recovery work “in any way possible.”

The long delays prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it would take coercive action against grid companies that failed to restore power quickly enough for customers.

He also agreed with the companies to lift the £ 700 cap on compensation that could be offered to people stranded without electricity.

The change will allow those affected to claim £ 70 for every 12 hour period without electricity, an initial amount of £ 70 for the first 48 hours of any outage.