LARGE POWER CUT HITS NEWPORT

ssepdUPDATED: Thousands of properties across Newport and the surrounding areas are without power tonight (Monday) following a power cut.

At around 22:00 a total of 185 postcode areas ranging from PO30 1 to PO38 3 lost supply due to a currently unknown fault. At the same time households across the Island experienced a double dip in lights.

Southern and Scottish Energy say that restoration of power is due at midnight, however this is likely to be longer for some customers.

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The areas affected include central and outer Newport; Carisbrooke; Brighstone; Chillerton and Rookley.

UPDATE @ 22:40 – 59 postcode areas have now seen power restored, however 126 areas remain without electricity.

UPDATE @ 22:50 – 103 postcode areas now remain without power supply including PO30 1; PO30 3; PO30 4 and PO38 3.

UPDATE @ 23:10 – SSE have restored power to a further 32 postcode areas leaving 71 without supply.

UPDATE @ 00:40 – The power cut has now been reduced down to 15 postcode areas, meaning the majority are back on the grid.

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The latest SSE update says that they anticipate the power will be restored at around 04:00.

UPDATE @ 05:30 – Power has now been fully restored. The outage has been blamed on problems with overhead power cables which affected around 1,700 properties.

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