Wind leaves homes without power

WINDY weather conditions have resulted in homes in Ipswich and Shotley Gate losing their power supply today.

THOUSANDS of homes in Suffolk have been left without power today as windy weather conditions hit the county.

Homes in Ipswich and Shotley Gate are among those that have lost their power supply, along with 10,000 in the East of England.

An overhead line came down in an alleyway off Felixstowe Road at just after 8am and 364 EDF Energy customers in Shotley Gate are also affected.

The company has sent an engineer to the village.

An overhead line also came down at Beach Station Road, Felixstowe, which has left about 100 customers without power. The electricity supply to this line has been isolated for safety reasons.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said: “We have been closely monitoring the forecasts and activated the early stages of our emergency plan on Friday.

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“We have brought in extra staff to help restore supplies as quickly and safely as possible and most customers now have their supplies back on.

“Because of the numbers affected, and the further high winds at times today, we will be working throughout tomorrow to restore supplies to final customers in individual properties.

“Our call centre staff have spoken with more than 5000 customers since this morning and we will continue to try and keep customers updated.

“We do apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers.”

By 5pm, about 2700 customers were still without supply. This included about 1250 in Suffolk, 550 in Norfolk and 350 in Essex.