More than 2,000 homes across 14 regions in the UK have been hit with blackouts this morning, according to the UK Power Networks. The power cuts, which were localised and unrelated, covered the South East England, the East of England and London. Hertfordshire was the worst hit, with 1,108 customers being affected. A significant number of households in Essex were also left without power, with 482 customers being affected. In Norfolk, 198 homes had no electricity, while 109 homes were hit in Kent. The rest of the cases were spread out between Greater London, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
To find out whether there is a power cut in your area, you can use this map from the UK Power Networks, which also gives information on when the estimated time power will be restored. This situation is constantly changing as repairs are made.
Six postcodes in the north of Watford, near the Harry Potter Studio Tour, have seen the largest area wide power cuts, affecting 1,109 customers.
The UK Power Networks, which is the distribution network operator for this region, noted that this blackout was caused by “an underground electricity cable which has faulted on our high voltage network, causing an area-wide power cut.”
On their website, they said: “This information is updated in real-time and is the same information that you will receive if you call us.” They added that they expect the power to come back on by today between noon and 1pm today.
In one instance, the UK Power Network wrote that electricity supply should return between 2pm and 3pm. They said: “We’re carrying out planned work in your area.
“For our engineers to carry it out safely they need to turn the power off. We’re doing this work as it’s essential to provide reliable electricity supplies to your area. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.”
In London, parts of White City, Lambeth, and Wandsworth were affected by power cuts, which the distribution company pinpointed on “a fault” that “has occurred on a piece of our electrical equipment which controls the power to your home.”
Households facing power cuts may be concerned about the food in their fridge and freezer going off. However, on their site, the UK Power Network wrote: “Food should keep for between 4-6 hours in the fridge and 15-24 hours in the freezer if you can avoid opening it.”
If you know someone that needs extra help during the power cut, the company added that they can offer extra assistance to those who need it. “Please call us on 0800 31 63 105 or 105 and we can help.”
In order to prepare for a power cut, they advised households to keep their phone numbers handy, and urged customers who need extra support during a power cut to register for their Priority Services Register,
They also said: “Keep a torch with spare batteries. Take care if using candles. Keep a phone with a cord, as cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
“It’s especially important if you are unwell, less mobile or very young to keep warm. Dress warmly with layers, a hat and gloves and have blankets to hand, so you can keep warm until the power is back on. You can also reduce the heat loss by closing doors on unused rooms and closing your curtains.”