Storm Bella – SSEN returns to business as usual in central southern England
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has returned to business as usual working conditions in central southern England following the impact of Storm Bella.
As forecast, strong winds and heavy rain impacted much of the country from the late hours of Boxing Day and overnight into Sunday 27 December as the storm tracked across the south, damaging overhead power lines. Wind gusts of over 80mph were recorded in coastal locations, with over 60mph recorded inland.
SSEN’s teams worked throughout the night and through the course of Sunday to restore power to approximately 50,000 properties. Work will continue into Monday as SSEN undertake final repairs and power supply restorations as a priority.
Eliane Elgaard, SSEN’s Operations Director – Distribution South, said:
“We understand how important a secure and reliable supply of electricity is to our customers and we’d like to thank them for their patience and understanding as our teams worked in challenging conditions to safely restore power.
“We tracked Storm Bella for a number of days in advance, which enabled us to have teams of engineers in place and ready to respond as quickly as possible to any damage the storm caused. I’d like to thank our engineers, call centre advisors and support staff for their dedication and commitment to help keep our communities safe and connected over the festive period.”