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POWER CUT HITS COWES PROPERTIES

sseUPDATED: Thousands of properties in the Cowes area have been affected by a power outage this lunchtime.

Commercial and residential properties, around 6700 in total, on both sides of the River Medina lost electricity supplies shortly after 12:30, as reported by Island Echo.

Southern and Scottish Energy have confirmed that a network outage has hit Cowes, Gurnard and East Cowes including smaller areas such as Folly Lane, Kingston and Woodvale. It is also reported that some rural areas of Wootton are without power.

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GKN Aerospace have also been hit by the network failure, however a temporary generator has ordered from HSS Hire.

UPDATE @ 13:09 – A spokesperson for SSE has said:

“We apologise for the loss of supply. Our engineers are working to get the power back on as quickly as they can.

“It is understood an underground cable has been struck.

“Our engineers are en-route and will be working as quickly as safely as they can to restore power. To assist this, we may re-route supplies to our customers.

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“If you need more information, please call us on 0800 072 7282 and quote reference ‘U93329′”.

UPDATE @ 13:30 – Readers are reporting that power is returning to the majority of areas now, however some areas are still without power this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 15:57 – Supplies to the Cowes area were restored at 14:13 this afternoon, a spokesperson for SSE has confirmed.

59 properties in the Shalfleet area are currently without power while engineers work to repair damage to the network following the adverse weather over the past week. Customers should be reconnected before 17:00 this evening.

UPDATE TUESDAY: Island Echo understands that an underground main supply next to GKN Aerospace (Osborne Site) was struck by contractors during ground work in the area.

Last night, workers were sent to Falcon site on Ferry Road in the town after SSE engineers cut power to GKN to enable repairs.

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