Engineers stand by in case of Northumberland lightning storms

Lightning over Longhoughton on Wednesday night. Picture by Kale Sungur Crane
Lightning over Longhoughton on Wednesday night. Picture by Kale Sungur Crane

Electricity customers are being assured that provision is in place should the weather affect supplies following Met Office warnings of torrential rain and further lightning storms.

The storms are expected to hit Northern Powergrid’s operating area later this evening and continue overnight into Saturday morning.

The company, which is responsible for running the electricity netowrk across the North East, Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire, is closely monitoring the weather and has extra engineers prepared to restore power and repair any damage to power lines.

It also has additional advisors at its local 24-hour contact centre as well as teams in other locations around the business who are ready to offer customers support and advice.

The company, which manages a network of 61,000 substations and more than 91,000km of overhead power lines and underground cables, will deploy all available resources as necessary to deal with any damage caused.

Northern Powergrid’s website also has an easy-to-use power cut reporting service which is regularly updated. Twitter (@northpowergrid) and Facebook pages will also provide regular updates and advice to customers and local communities.

Customers with a disability, medical condition or very young families, who may need greater assistance during a power cut and have signed up to the company’s Priority Services Register, will be kept updated as a priority. Northern Powergrid is also ready to use its customer support vehicles, wherever possible, during any potential prolonged power cut to help local communities by offering practical support. Its partnership with the British Red Cross will also help provide additional care to customers on the register, if necessary. Customers who may be more vulnerable and wish to join the Priority Services Register can sign up online via Northern Powergrid’s website or call 0800 169 2996.

Northern Powergrid is urging local people who spot any damaged cables or equipment not to go near them and contact the company immediately on its 24-hour power cut North East inquiry number

0800 668877.