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Thousands of homes face second weekend without power

Thousands of people are facing a second weekend without power as further cold is forecast to hit the UK.

The houses on the areas of Scotland and Northeast and Northwest of England still not deliver a week later Storm Arwen hit on Friday, November 26.

As of early Friday, just over 9,000 homes were without electricity, according to the Energy Network Association.

Regulator Ofgem announced on Friday that it had conducted an “urgent” review of energy grid companies’ response to the storm.

As work continues to restore power to the remaining homes that are still unavailable, Met Office It said the weather is forecast to be cold, windy and showers with some hilly areas to see snow on Saturday.

Snow is also expected in parts of eastern England, the North Yorkshire Moors and parts of Lincolnshire, while strong winds and widespread rain are also forecast in the North West.

The forecaster said Scotland will be cloudy in the morning with rain and snow on the hills breaking out on Saturday, but drier and brighter in the afternoon with some showers in the west.

Northern parts of the UK will have a peak of 6C (42.8F) while the south will have a peak of 8C (46.4F).

Sunday will continue to be cold with some showers in the east of England while the west is forecast to see dry weather and some sunshine.

Frost is expected in colder parts of the UK, including central and western Scotland, where temperatures could drop to -3C (26.6F) and -5C (23F).

Jim Muir (pictured) and his wife Belinda, who live at Honeyneuk Farm, Maud, Aberdeenshire, were without power for several days but were later reconnected (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Steve Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “In some ways we are expecting fairly typical early-December weather this weekend and nothing too unusual as expected.

“But some points to watch out for will be the wind, which under normal circumstances should not be an issue but if you are trying to repair downed power lines it is more sensitive.

“Saturday is expected to be cold. There will be a fairly light windscreen coming down from the northwest, so you won’t feel freezing in quite a few places.

“So if you’re going out and about to do some Christmas shopping, put on some extra layers.”

The Energy Network Association said 9,200 homes remained without power, down from 15,000 homes on Thursday night, following severe power line damage following Hurricane Arwen.

The industry body said 6,650 people were in the North East, 1,300 in the North West and 1,250 in Scotland.

The Northern Power Company said it had restored power to 234,900 out of 240,000 customers affected by the storm. As of 10 p.m. Friday, 5,100 customers were without power.

The network operator’s teams continued to work through the night while new teams were ready to resume from early Saturday morning.

The Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) says it has made good progress in restoring power, with more than 130,000 customers having power restored since the storm began.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, 950 SSEN customers were still without power.

The majority of these are single estates or groups of country cottages in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Angus and Moray.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/scotland-met-office-storm-arwen-england-north-east-b1969685.html Thousands of homes face second weekend without power

JACLYN DIAZ

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