Power cuts and disruption as Storm Alex lashes Britain

Published on October 2, 2020 by

High winds brought by Storm Alex have caused power cuts across southern England after reaching speeds of 61mph.

A yellow warning for wind and rain is currently in place as the tail of the storm whips across parts of England and Wales after barrelling across France in recent days.

On Friday morning, gale-force winds had caused disruption to power lines in the South West and on the Isle of Wight.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks recorded unplanned power outages in more than 20 areas including Portsmouth, Southampton and towns east of Reading.

Western Power Distribution has also recorded incidents in the South West, affecting Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the highest wind speeds of 61mph hit Berry Head in Devon and the Isle of Wight on Friday morning, making power lines “susceptible to damage”.

It marks the start of several days of torrid weather in the UK, with Storm Alex making way for fresh amber and yellow alerts for rain across most of the country this weekend.

Other areas could be at risk of flooding before the end of Sunday.

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