Power restored to homes in Lancashire after storms

Power has been restored to the last remaining homes in Burnley and Preston after strong winds damaged overhead lines.

About 40 homes still had no power after gusts of up to 70 mph (110km/h) blew trees and debris into overhead power lines and snapped electricity poles.

Electricity North West drafted in extra engineers following the severe weather.

It said engineers have been working in "extremely difficult conditions" to restore power since Friday.

An Electricity North West spokeswoman said: "Conditions on Friday made it difficult for engineers to access sites due to trees blocking roads."

"The wind also prevented linesmen in some areas from climbing poles to restore supplies," she added.

On Friday, up to 1,000 properties were left without power in Lancashire following the gusts.

By Friday evening, 800 homes had been reconnected.

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