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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Final Cumbria homes without power to be restored this evening

POWER is still out at 52 homes in Cumbria, following severe storms.

A night of savage winds and rain battered Barrow, Furness and the rest of Cumbria on Wednesday.

Electricity North West says it has restored power to 8,100 properties in the North West, and that the final homes will be connected this evening.

A ENW spokeswoman said more than 400 engineers have been working to repair the damage caused by the gales.

She said: "The majority of faults were caused by trees blowing onto power lines and engineers were still facing difficult conditions.

"In daylight we discovered that the extreme wind has caused more damage than expected, meaning that there are multiple repairs needed on some lines but we assure customers we are continuing to work around the clock to repair the damage and restore supplies.

"We would like to thank customers for their patience and also their understanding of the difficult conditions our engineers faced over the past few days."

Barrow Police asked all residents to remain indoors on Wednesday night unless absolutely necessary. There are reports of fallen trees in Roose Road and Salthouse Road in Barrow, and agable end blew down and a window blown out in Cecil Street in Barrow.

Trains were cancelled on the West Coast Main Line between 7pm and 9pm, and speeds reduced after 6pm on trains between Carnforth and Carlisle on the coast line through Grange, Ulverston, Dalton, Barrow, Askam, Kirkby and Millom.

A red warning of wind was issued by the Met Office for Wednesday.

High tide is expected tonight at Barrow to be at 8.7m at 11.33pm. On Saturday, high tide will be 9m at 11.46am, and Sunday 8.8m at 0.04am and 9m at 12.16pm.

Top ten tips for dealing with power cuts:
* If there is a power cut first check your trip switches to see if it is an internal power cut.
* If you can’t find a reason for your electricity to be off ring our 24-hour emergency line on 0800 195 4141 and signup to receive updates to your mobile.
* Keep a battery-operated torch handy.
* If you are a vulnerable customer or rely on electricity for medical reasons please ensure you register as a priority customer at www.enwl.co.uk/priority
* If you use a stair lift check with the supplier to see if it can work without electricity.
* Consider installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system, which will safeguard your IT equipment giving you time to save any work.
* If you run a business and cannot afford to be without power it may be worthwhile investing in a generator.
* Leave at least one light switched on so you will know when your power is restored.
* Leave your fridge and freezer doors closed–chilled products should remain safe for a number of hours.
* Follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter for updates and more tips.

The public is advised to take extra care and to head to www.metoffice.gov.uk for further information and advice.

Beaufort wind force scale

Specifications and equivalent speeds
Beaufort wind scale Mean Wind Speed Limits of wind speed Wind descriptive terms Probable wave height in metres* Probable maximum wave height in metres* Seastate Sea descriptive terms
Mph ms-1 Mph ms-1
0 0 0 1 <1 Calm - - 0 Calm (glassy)
1 2.3 1 1–3 1-2 Light air 0.1 0.1 1 Calm (rippled)
2 5.7 3 4–6 2-3 Light breeze 0.2 0.3 2 Smooth (wavelets)
3 10.3 5 8–11 4-5 Gentle breeze 0.6 1.0 3 Slight
4 14.9 7 12–17 6-8 Moderate breeze 1.0 1.5 3–4 Slight–Moderate
5 21.8 10 18–22 9-11 Fresh breeze 2.0 2.5 4 Moderate
6 27.6 12 23–28 11-14 Strong breeze 3.0 4.0 5 Rough
7 34.5 15 29–34 14-17 Near gale 4.0 5.5 5–6 Rough–Very rough
8 42.5 19 35–41 17-21 Gale 5.5 7.5 6–7 Very rough–High
9 50.6 23 42–48 21-24 Severe gale 7.0 10.0 7 High
10 59.8 27 49–56 25-28 Storm 9.0 12.5 8 Very High
11 69 31 57–64 29-32 Violent storm 11.5 16.0 8 Very High
12 - - 65+ 33+ Hurricane 14+ - 9 Phenomenal


  1. These values refer to well-developed wind waves of the open sea.
  2. The lag effect between the wind getting up and the sea increasing should be borne in mind.
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The Garage Roof On Holker Street Hit My Car First As I Was Driving Past Then Rested On The 2 Parked Cars. My Car Is Now Wrote Off. It Smashed The Front Windscreen Leaving A Massive Hole In It Dinted Down The Side And Smashed The Back Passenger Window. The Inside Of The Car Is A Mess With Glass And Plastic. It Was The Scariest Moment In Are Lives. We Escaped With Only A Few Pains And Bruises.

Posted by Daniel Helm on 13 February 2014 at 20:49

I can never remember anything like this in my life. Hope everone gets through this ok.Storm damage can be repaired lives can,t.

Posted by Ade on 13 February 2014 at 04:43

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