Weather warning – central southern England

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is prepared for a period of high winds that may cause disruption to supplies across its central southern England electricity network on Sunday.

Current weather forecasts predict strengthening winds over the course of the day, peaking in the afternoon, with gusts of up to 50mph possible in coastal areas. The high winds are expected to be northerly in direction and are therefore non-prevailing.

Given these factors and with trees in full leaf, the forecasted conditions have the potential to result in some damage to overhead lines and other network infrastructure.

SSEN would like to reassure its customers that it will continue to closely monitor the weather and is well prepared and resourced to respond promptly to any damage to its network, where it is safe to do so.

SSEN has enacted its well-established resilience plans, increasing standby resources in anticipation of potential network damage and moving teams and equipment where necessary. Customers signed up to SSEN’s Priority Services Register are being proactively contacted to warn them of the potential for disruption to supplies and to offer extra support where required.

Customers are also advised not to approach any damage to its equipment and instead, report the damage by calling 105 or through the SSEN Power Track app so engineers can investigate as soon as possible. 

Customers can prepare by:

  • Saving the emergency power cut number – 105 – to your phone to report any loss of supply or damage to the electricity network

  • Downloading SSEN’s Power Track app to give you details of power cuts and restoration times. You can also report power cuts and network damage through this app

  • Going to SSEN’s website where there is a wealth of advice and information on how to deal with a power cut 

  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates

Customers can register for SSEN’s Priority Services Register (PSR) if they require extra assistance. People can qualify for the PSR if they: 

  • Are dependent on electricity for home medical care
  • Have a chronic illness or short term medical condition
  • Are disabled
  • Have special communication needs
  • Have children under the age of five
  • Are over the age of 60

To find out more about the Priority Services Register, click here or call 0800 294 3259.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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