Households across the Isle of Wight have reported experiencing flickering lights tonight (Saturday), whilst homes and businesses in the PO38 postcode area are without power altogether.
Those living in Ryde, Newport, Freshwater, Sandown, Shanklin and beyond say that there has been several instances of the electricity supply dipping in the past 15 minutes or so.
The issue is thought to stem from a high voltage network fault in the PO38 area, with villages and towns such as Godshill, Whiteley Bank, Wroxall and surrounding areas in the middle of a blackout.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks say that 57 postcodes are affected, the majority of which fall into PO38. A total of 13 postcodes fall under PO37.
An SSEN spokesperson has said:
”We’re sorry for the loss of supply. Our engineers are on site working hard to get the power back on as quickly as possible”.
If you need more information call 105 quoting FG2900.
UPDATE @ 22:10 – 2 fire appliances from Sandown and Shanklin are on scene at Lower Hyde Holiday Park in Shanklin where an electricity pole has caught fire.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were alerted at 21:20.
Engineers from SSEN are also in attendance at the popular park, which is full of tourists for the Easter holidays.
It is hoped that power will be restored to all 700 properties affected by 00:30.
UPDATE @ 22:45 – Island Echo is told that a cordon has been established around the area and some residents have been evacuated from their holiday caravans whilst the incident is ongoing.
UPDATE SUNDAY @ 00:15 – SSEN have said that engineers are working on the overhead network and aim to have power restored to customers by 04:00.