"WE are on hand" - that is the message from the region's power network operator, ahead on the arrival of Storm Erik.

Bosses at Electricity North West have reassured Cumbrian residents they are prepared for Storm Erik following the yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Weather experts said Storm Erik will land on Saturday with gales of between 60mph and 65mph.

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Electricity North West bosses said they will have more engineers on standby than ever ready to respond to any issues.

A spokesman for the company said:“Strong winds can cause power cuts by blowing debris into overhead power lines or bringing lines down. In response, we have added more engineers on standby with colleagues across the organisation monitoring the forecast and poised to respond.”

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Samantha Loukes, incident manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are always prepared and well-rehearsed, working around the clock to mobilise our engineers during incidents such as this.

“We would urge people that if they do see any damage to our overhead power lines, to please stay away and report it to us immediately so we can repair it safely.

“As always, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if customers need any help or advice.”

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Electricity North West offers extra support to customers through their Priority Services Register.

Anyone wanting support or more information should can contact the firm on social media or by calling 105.