Weather Warning for central southern England – Friday 9 August to Saturday 10 August

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is prepared for a period of high winds, rain and lightning which has the potential for limited disruption to supplies across its central southern England electricity distribution network from Friday 9 August through to the evening of Saturday 10 August.

Forecasts show the potential of strong winds reaching in up to 60mph along coastal regions and around 50mph across some inland areas, accompanied by rain and the possibility of lighting across the region.

SSEN has enacted its well-established resilience plans, increasing standby resources in anticipation of potential network damage and moving teams and equipment where necessary, and would like to reassure its customers that it will continue to closely monitor the weather. 

SSEN is well prepared and resourced to respond promptly to any damage to its network, where it is safe to do so.

In the event of any potential disruption to supplies, customers can prepare by:  

  • Saving the new Freephone emergency power cut number – 105 – to your phone to use if your power goes off, or if you see any damage to the electricity network
  • Downloading SSEN’s Power Track app to give you details of power cuts and restoration times and to report faults or damage to SSEN’s network
  • Going to SSEN’s website for advice and information on how to prepare for a possible loss of power
  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates

In the event of an interruption in power supplies, SSEN’s customer service team will make outbound calls to customers on its Priority Service Register (PSR) to offer extra assistance, where required. 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 PSR, 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 3.8 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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