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Severe weather leaves hundreds of homes without power in Cornwall

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: May 14, 2013


Severe weather has left many homes without electricty and caused hazardous driving conditions across Cornwall.

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HUNDREDS of homes have been without power after heavy winds brought down power cables across Cornwall.

Western Power said the severe weather cut live cables carrying up to 53,000 volts and 11,000 volts cutting electricity to around 400 homes in Penzance, St Keverne, St Buryan, Mousehole and Newlyn.

A Western Power spokesman said 250 homes were currentlty without electricity in St Keverne and a further 100 properties in Heamoor, Penzance were also affected.

He said it was prepared for the weather conditions bringing in extra engineers to work throughout the night if needed.

He added: “They are working in dangerous conditions, climbing electric poles in high winds, with gusts up to 70 miles per hour and rain. They will work for as long as it takes to restore supplies. The cables have been brought down by flying silage bags and fallen trees.”

Police are also warning motorists to be extra careful on the county’s roads with many trees and debris blocking routes.

There are hazardous conditions along the A30 at Bodmin and Hayle and a fallen tree has blocked the road at Laity Lane in Lelant at around 8.20pm.

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  • downere  |  May 15 2013, 2:49AM

    The birthplace of the industrial revolution, it u lot that would need the candles

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  • jimjams2011  |  May 14 2013, 10:02PM

    Electricity is a new thing to them lot down there so they'll be fine with candles for a bit.

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