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80mph winds leave many with no power

Thousands face prospect of another day without power as further power cuts as storms continue to batter Britain

Thousands have been left without power over Christmas

Thousands have been left without power over Christmas

The Energy Networks Association (ENA), the body which represents gas and electricity providers, said it was doing all it could to ensure households were not cut off from the power supply.

Tim Field, a spokesman for the ENA, said hundreds of engineers had gone to work to carry out repairs during the Christmas period.

“It is never a good thing to have people off power and no one is ever happy about that but the speed that people have been able to be reconnected is better than it was in the 1980s,” he added.

At the peak of the power cuts, it is estimated that more than 50,000 households were left without power. Most of these were in the South West and South East and many had to move to another location or simply cope without power.

Stay safe and prepare for flooding

The storms currently affecting the UK have hit the country just as many prepare to return to work following their Christmas break. The Met Office has issued weather warnings and said commuters could face “danger to life” or disruption.

The Environmental Agency echoed these concerns and told households in affected areas to be prepared for possible floods.

“We are warning of more significant disruption across southern England. There will be ongoing disruption across the South of England, particularly the South-east,” the agency said in a statement.

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