SSEN returns to business as usual in central southern England following Storm Barra

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has returned to business as usual in central southern England following the impact of Storm Barra. 

As forecast, strong winds and heavy rain impacted much of the country during Tuesday 7th December, with central southern England experiencing the impact from midday through to approximately 6pm. Wind gusts of over 58mph were recorded in coastal locations, with over 51mph recorded inland.

SSEN’s teams resourced and prepared thoroughly following Storm Arwen last week and worked throughout Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday to respond to 32 high voltage faults and restore power to 6,686 customers during the period. 

Eliane Algaard, 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 to safely restore power.

“We tracked Storm Barra for a number of days in advance following the recent impacts of Storm Arwen, 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.”

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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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