Norfolk hit by swathes of power cuts as Storm Ciara takes hold
PUBLISHED: 09:52 09 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:38 09 February 2020
Thousands of homes across Norfolk have been affected by dozens of power cuts as high winds from Storm Ciara batter the region.
Across the length and breadth of the county, residents have been left without electricity as engineers struggled to cope with the huge number of incidents.
A power cut which saw more than 370 people without electricity in Great Yarmouth was fixed at 10.34pm on Saturday, but thousands more have been affected since.
The power network is not the only piece of infrastructure affected - roads have faced disruption with both westbound lanes of the A47 being closed as police worked to remove a large tree which had fallen.
In north Norfolk, a fallen tree blocked the eastbound carriageway of the A148 at Aylmerton, near Cromer, while a fire crew were called to Snettisham, near King's Lynn, after an electricity pole and cable was brought down by high winds.
Rail passengers were also affected after a tree fell onto the tracks at Wymondham, blocking the Norwich to Cambridge line.
Meanwhile, many of the county's best-loved attractions were closed to visitors, and Norwich City Women FC's game against Wroxham Women was called off.
An amber weather warning was in place, and the Met Office warned that strong winds - which could exceed 60mph - may cause damage to homes, trees and other structures.
Meteorologists said that the east of England would be cloudy and very windy with widespread gales, and outbreaks of rain. The strong winds were expected to continue into this evening and persist overnight.
UK Power Networks said that they had been monitoring the weather very closely and had "robust plans in place to respond to Storm Ciara, including extra engineers, contractors and call takers on duty".
The worst affected area at the moment is the north of the county, where more than 700 homes in a number of villages from Docking, near Hunstanton, to Briston are without electricity.
A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: "We're sorry for any disruption this may have caused. We didn't know in advance there would be a power cut, but now that we know, our teams will do everything they can to get power back quickly.
"During a storm, fallen trees and broken branches can damage overhead power lines. If you see damaged overhead lines or equipment stay well away, call 105 and 999, keep others away."
Some power cuts are expected to be fixed within a few hours, while it is not yet known when other issues will be resolved.
With Storm Ciara set to continue hitting the county throughout the day, more incidents are likely.