Thousands of homes without power in Norfolk and Forest Heath area as Storm Doris hits region

Homes are without power. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire

Homes are without power. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA

More than 30,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire remain without electricity after high winds from Storm Doris brought trees down on to power lines.

Storn Dorris knocks down a tree in West Dereham. Picture: Peter Kerrison

Storn Dorris knocks down a tree in West Dereham. Picture: Peter Kerrison - Credit: Peter Kerrison

And some supplies may not be restored until Froday afternoon.

At 9.10pm - the latest update given by UK Power Networks - 18,720 homes in Norfolk, 10,080 homes in Suffolk and 2677 in Cambridgeshire - were without power.

The company's website had estimated times for power to be restored, which ranged from midnight on Thursday to 3.30pm on Friday.

Among the areas with the latest estimated restoration times were postcodes NR1 4, NR11 8, IP23 8, IP25 6, IP25 7, IP25 7, NR13 3, NR15 2, NR16 2, NR17 1, NR19 1, NR20 3, NR22 6, NR25 6, NR29 5, NR30 5, NR33 8, NR34 7, NR35 1, NR35 2, NR5, NR8 5 and NR9 3.

A tree has fallen onto a house on Gloucester Way on the Abbey Estate, Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Mur

A tree has fallen onto a house on Gloucester Way on the Abbey Estate, Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Extra staff have been drafted in to deal with the problems.

UK Power Networks said that supplies have been affected by the severe weather across parts of the East of England and South East electricity network.

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The company apologised to customers affected and said it was working to restore supplies.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: 'Power supplies have been affected by the severe weather across parts of the East of England and South East electricity network and we have engineers working to restore supplies as quickly as possible.

MORE: Storm Doris causes chaos across Norfolk and Suffolk 'We are also remotely restoring many of the electricity supplies. 'Our electricity networks are built to be reliable but extreme weather can sometimes damage overhead lines. We monitor the weather very closely and have robust plans in place to respond to the high winds, including extra engineers and call takers on duty. 'We urge anyone who sees an overhead line down to call our emergency power cut helpline on 105 or 0800 3163 105.' The UK Power Networks website was displaying an interactive map showing details of all the power cuts but pressure online traffic caused that to crash earlier today.

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