Storm Arwen – Thousands spend an exhausting fifth night in dark

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Jayme Yates Bell worries about her medicine fridge

After Storm Arwen, thousands of northerners are without electricity for five nights.

Northern Powergrid claimed it has reconnected 95% customers, but 16,000 households remain disconnected.

Although the company called it “unprecedented,” engineers said they were working hard to restore services.

Electricity North West stated Tuesday evening that 9000 customers are still without electricity.

Although it claimed that more than 101,000 properties had been reconnected, more problems were discovered. Some customers may have to wait “a few more weeks” while they are being repaired.

There are still more homes that live in Scotland without power.

Many people in the rural areas of Scotland, Perthshire and Angus, as well as southern and central Scotland, are waiting for reconnection.

“Scary and worrying”

Energy Networks Association (ENA), has encouraged powerless customers make alternate arrangements for accommodation by staying with family or friends whenever possible.

According to the Met Office, Wednesday will see milder temperatures. However, Wednesday night’s low temperatures are expected to drop and wind speeds would increase.

Gemma Douglas from West Allerdean in Northumberland said that she’d never seen “anything like it” anywhere else.

According to the 39-yearold project development officer, “It was exhausting trying keep warm and cooking – it is hard work.”

“Wherever we live there’s no backup system. We are on our own. It’s frightening and alarming to see how many are living without help.

The House of Commons had earlier called for assistance from the Army for electricity engineers. Ministers were also criticised for not updating MPs about the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Northern Powergrid said it believes that the damage has been “more severe than originally thought”, and Richard Holden, Conservative MP for North West Durham, warned some homes they could be without power for weeks.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Boris Johnson stated that he feels “extremely sympathy” for all those in need.

It must have been appalling. He stated that he wanted to “reassure everyone” at a Covid briefing Tuesday.

“All I can do is say that it was 100 mph gusts and that, speaking to grid operators, there wasn’t anything they could do. We are trying everything to restore power.

“I understand it must have been a hard time for those who are without power right now.”

Kwasi Kwarteng, Business Secretary Tweeted Tuesday“Today I met the CEOs of some of the most affected operators in order to ensure that restoration takes place as soon as possible, and that customers who are disrupted get support.

To help them grow, Energy North West, SSE and Northern Powergrid have all received substantial mutual assistance from other operators.

“Operators assured me that they will do all they can for the most vulnerable people and those without power for some time.

We will keep in touch with you as the situation changes and are available to assist further.

Indra Rampersad van Böckel is a Berwick-upon-Tweed resident who has been without power for five days and saw her shed be crushed by a branch.

According to the dentist, 42 years old, “It is heart-breaking real. It’s difficult even making a cup tea on a stove.”

We have used all of our candles, so we had to buy lots more.

Jayme Yates Bell from Kendal is suffering from diabetes and renal failure. Jayme said that the circumstances she found herself in was “really tough”.

She stated, “We must know for how long this will continue to happen.”

“It’s probably not worth it, but I have a fridge that has my medicines in.

ENA spokeswoman said, “Supporting our customers and reconnecting them is our absolute priority. Our customer teams work round the clock to communicate with customers and keep them updated.

To support this effort, we are also working closely with emergency services, other utilities and local authorities as well as the British Red Cross.

Northern Powergrid stated that customers will be entitled to compensation.

A payment of £70 per household had been set for the first 24 hours of power loss or 48 if conditions had been severe, as well as £70 for every additional 12-hour period without power.

However, payouts are capped at £700.

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