Storm Arwen: The worst storm damage of 20 years begins to be repaired

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Storm Arwen caused extensive damage with its 98mph wind gusts and massive waves

Following the worst damage caused by Storm Arwen to the North East’s electricity network over the past 20 years, repair work is underway

Northern Powergrid stated that power had been restored to over 208,000 households in the North East, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire but only 32,000 homes were affected by cutoffs.

According to a spokesperson, overhead lines sections will have to be replaced after damage from winds up to 98 mph.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER), however, stated that it hopes to restart trains north of Newcastle at 10:00 GMT.

Due to severe weather, the company had to cancel trains to Tyneside on Friday night. Passengers were advised to stay away from all forms of travel.

Closures also affected the Tyne And Wear Metro, but it is now open Get back on the roadApart from the Sunderland section that runs between South Hylton Avenue and Park Lane in Sunderland, which was not yet repaired by operator Nexus,

Heavy winds brought down many trees, including 160 in South Tyneside. There was heavy snowfall, with the A66 being closed between Bowes, County Durham, and Brough, Cumbria.

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Rod Gardner is Northern Powergrid’s chief incident manager. He said that surveys done by helicopters have shown “extensive damage” to some sections of powerlines in certain areas.

He said that the impact of Storm Arwen was one of the most severe in recent years. 100 engineers were also working over the night to restore power.

One spokeswoman stated that customer support vehicles are available to help those who have been cut, and provide hot water, beverages, and charging for their mobile phones.

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Source: BBC.com

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