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1.3m reconnected as engineers continue to fix damage from Storm Eunice

20 February 2022

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Thousands of engineers are continuing to work to fix damage to the power network and reconnect customers as quickly as they safely can.

At 8am on Sunday:

  • around 83,000 customers were without power, down from 155,000 yesterday evening
  • around 1.4m people have been affected by damage to the power network

The areas most affected are:

  • South West England - approx 29,000 customers  
  • South East England - approx 23,000 customers 
  • South England - approx 20,000 customers  
  • Eastern England - approx 7,000 customers 
  • South Wales - approx 3,000 customers 

Efforts are ongoing to reconnect everyone but continuing high winds, and now the newly named Storm Franklin, is making conditions challenging for engineers.

According to the Met Office, Storm Franklin is expected to bring high winds during Sunday night and into Monday morning for much of the UK.

Ross Easton, Director at Energy Networks Association, said:

"We are working flat out to reconnect everyone as quickly as we safely can. Reconnections are happening all the time but severe weather forecast for today and tomorrow is hampering efforts. With Storm Franklin on the way, I'd like to remind everyone that if you see a power line brought down, keep well clear and call 105 for free. In Northern Ireland, the number is 03457 643 643. If there's an immediate risk to life, dial 999."

Notes to editors

ENA will be providing an update on the number of customers affected this afternoon around 3pm and then again this evening at around 7pm. The latest numbers will be published on our severe weather page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).

Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.

Press contacts

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+44 (0)20 4599 7691
[email protected]

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Storm Eunice - 19 February 2022 - Damage to energy networks (Credit: UKPN)

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Storm Eunice - 19 February 2022 - Credit WPD

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Storm Eunice - February 2022 - Credit SSEN

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