The Parish Council has received a communicaton from UK Power Networks (UKPN) about their preparations for Storm Ciaran. The text below has been taken from their email to us:-
UKPN manages the local power lines and substations which distribute electricity to over 8.5m homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.
Storm Ciarán will bring with it strong winds and rain, and an amber alert has been issued by the Met Office.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but strong winds and heavy rain can bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground, particularly for Storm Ciarán, to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
UKPN advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
UKPN provide extra help to customers on their Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with people of pensionable age, those with a health condition, have children under five living with them, or someone in the household who uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity, as well as those who may be in vulnerable circumstances during a power cut, can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .
For Met Office News latest on Storm Ciaran, visit: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2023/storm-ciaran-latest