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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 08:52 GMT
Power restored after storms
A woman walks her dog in Cheshire after the gales of 27 October
The gales brought down power lines and trees
The remaining 230 homes left without power after the storms eight days ago were re-connected on Monday.

A spokeswoman for supply firm 24seven said engineers had worked through the night to meet the target of re-connecting everyone by midnight on Sunday.

By Monday morning, they had completed their repair works and were waiting to hear if any customers were still experiencing problems.

About 300,000 of the company's three million customers in London and East Anglia were affected by the gales on 27 October, which killed seven people.

An engineer carries out repairs
Engineers have completed repair works

The company is now planning to begin a review of its handling of the power cuts.

A 24seven spokesman said: "We will start our review of what has been a difficult week over the next few days and that will be the time to reflect."

The firm has been criticised for failing to work faster and for refusing to pay its normal rates of compensation.

24seven said it would abandon its usual procedure as the storms were exceptional but promised claims for compensation will be considered on merit.

"The winds we had on Sunday were, at times, equal to those we had during the great storms of 1987," said a spokesman.

"Then it took two, sometimes three weeks, to get power fully restored."

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"Customers will be hoping there isn't another severe storm before investigations have been completed"
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