33,000 homes left with­out power by storms

Caernarfon Herald - - LONDON BEAT -

MORE than 33,000 homes lost power and trees and power lines were top­pled as re­cent storms left a trail of dev­as­ta­tion across North Wales, ac­cord­ing to en­ergy gi­ant Scot­tish Power.

SP En­ergy Net­works (SPEN) bosses re­vealed the fig­ures after North Wales was hit by two storms – Ophe­lia and Brian – within a week.

Winds of 90mph hit Llan­dudno and Caernar­fon dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia, closely fol­lowed by Storm Brian bat­ter­ing the coast of the Llŷn Penin­sula and Aberys­t­wyth with gusts of al­most 80mph.

Hun­dreds of trees were felled, with some crash­ing down onto power lines, and nu­mer­ous elec­tric­ity poles were downed.

Flood­ing was an is­sue for the en­ergy provider in Aberys­t­wyth, Borth and the Llŷn Penin­sula, where teams lay sand­bags around sub­sta­tions to pre­vent wa­ter en­ter­ing.

Stephen Ste­wart, di­rec­tor at SPEN, said: “Our teams have re­sponded to a much higher than nor­mal num­ber of in­ci­dents across North and Mid Wales in Oc­to­ber due to the se­vere storm force winds.

“Our net­work is more re­silient than ever and can cope with winds reach­ing 50, 60 and even 70mph.

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