Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are reporting that some 350 postcodes are without power this afternoon (Tuesday), with homes and businesses across the Isle of Wight also experiencing a ‘dip’ in supply.
At just gone 17:00 it is understood that power was momentarily lost to thousands of properties across the Island, with many homes and businesses losing their lights for a split second. The dip also caused alarm systems to activate.
Initial reports suggest an ‘explosion’ has occurred near to Newport Quay.
Although the majority of the Island has retained power, it is understood properties in the PO30 and PO41 areas have been hit with a total loss of electricity supply. The specific areas affected include PO30 3, PO30 4, PO30 5 and PO41 0.
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UPDATE @ 18:00 – Local businessmen have described to Island Echo hearing a loud explosion-like bang on the Riverway side of the River Medina where the substation is located.
Speaking at the scene, one said that they thought a car had exploded as the noise was that significant. At the same time electricity supply was lost and it was subsequently discovered that smoke was issuing from within the substation.
It appears that a transformer has been damaged with a deceased bird situated on top. An oil-like substance is also pouring out of the piece of machinery.
Engineers from SSEN are now on scene at the substation and a replacement transformer has already been hurried to Newport.
It has been confirmed that 3,000 properties were hit by the outage, but that power was restored within minutes thanks to an automated system.