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Storms cut power to almost 8,000 homes in Cornwall

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

A fallen tree in Ludgvan, near Penzance, which brought down power cables. Picture by John Dayman.

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ALMOST 8,000 homes in Cornwall were without power and Western Power was dealing with 161 incidents at once at the height of the storms last week, it has emerged.

The peak of the problems was at 12.30pm on Wednesday, February 5, when 7,800 customers were affected by a loss of power.

Extra staff were brought in by Western Power to deal with the incidents, which were mostly caused by fallen power lines, brought down by airborne debris.

Tracy Carr, spokeswoman for Western Power, said: “It is certainly one of the busiest times that we have had for a number of years.

"On that day we were at around 160 incidents. On a normal day you might have 10 or 20.

"It was tough conditions but we performed well under the circumstances.”

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