UK Power Networks: Severe Weather Preparations
Posted on February 7, 2014
UK Power Networks would like to advise you that the predicted weather severity has been downgraded. Despite a more optimistic forecast, UK Power Networks continues to monitor the weather, working closely with the Met Office, and ensuring that adequate preparations are maintained in case the storm hits.
The Met Office forecast of wind speeds has lessened for our South East network on the night between 7 February and 8 February, with 50-55mph inland and 55-60mph on the coast. There is then an expected lull until further winds between 12pm and 3pm. From that point onwards, it will be breezy until the end of Sunday, 9 February.
Our Eastern network may experience some coastal gusts of 60mph but because the winds are heading from the south-west, the risk is significantly reduced.
Extra resources, including linesmen, scouts and call centre staff, have been mobilised for both the Eastern and South Eastern network areas. UK Power Networks' specially trained staff, known as Customer Champions, have been put on stand-by. We are currently assessing the need for raising the number of jointers in case of higher than usual numbers of underground faults as a result of potentially heavy rainfall.
Contacting UK Power Networks
In communication with customers, we urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.
To report any power cuts and damaged lines on free helplines, please refer customers to the following numbers: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 or 01243 50 8866 for mobile users and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838 or 01243 50 8838 for mobile users. You can also see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and follow the company on twitter for updates.
Preparing for a power cut
Below is some advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut:
- Keep our freephone number handy
- See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
- Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
- Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won't work in the event of a power cut
- Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
- Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
- Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
- Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
- Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
- Look out for elderly neighbours; please consider taking them a flask of hot water round or hot food
Source: UK Power Networks
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