Storm Bella - Weather Warning

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is preparing for a period of unsettled weather across central southern England this weekend (26 – 27 December).

Named by the Met Office as Storm Bella, SSEN’s current weather model shows rainfall forecast throughout Boxing Day, turning increasingly heavy later in the day with a slight risk of thunderstorms overnight into Sunday. Gusts of up to 60-70mph are forecast across central southern England from late evening on Saturday and overnight, before gradually easing by mid-morning on Sunday.

In response, SSEN has enacted its well-established resilience plans, with appropriate standby resources in place. SSEN would like to reassure its customers that while you may see increased activity from its teams in your local area over the weekend, engineers will be working in accordance with Government coronavirus guidance, adhering to social distancing measures to ensure the safety of the local community as they work.

If customers see any damaged equipment SSEN urges them to keep a safe distance and report it to SSEN by calling 105 or via its Power Track App, and engineers will investigate as soon as possible.

Customers are being encouraged to be prepared by:

  • Saving the emergency power cut number – 105 – to your phone to report power cuts 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 the Power Track app
  • Going to SSEN’s website where there is a wealth of advice and information on how to deal with a power cut, or to chat live to one of SSEN’s advisors via its Webchat service
  • Following SSEN on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates

Customers are eligible for SSEN’s Priority Services Register if they:

  • Are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Have a disability
  • Live with children under five
  • Are blind or partially sighted
  • Have a chronic illness
  • Use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity
  • Are over 60
  • Are categorised at ‘high risk’ or ‘extremely high risk’ of severe illness from coronavirus

For more information on 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 3.8 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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