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.”

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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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