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Last Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007, 18:13 GMT
Power cuts following bad weather
Tree down in Dorridge: Pic by John Taverner
This tree came down on a car in Dorridge, West Midlands
Householders in parts of the West Midlands face a second night without power following Thursday storms.

Some 12,500 properties in the region are still without power and electricity distributor Central Networks said some would not be restored on Friday.

A spokeswoman said engineers still had hundreds of cases and would try to deal with them as soon as possible.

Network Rail said train services were back to normal across the West Midlands on Friday.

Two people were killed in the area as a result of the weather on Thursday.

Richard Heard, 49, managing director of Birmingham International Airport, was killed when a tree branch went through his windscreen as he drove to work on the B4373 in Shropshire.

Richard Heard

A 60-year-old man died when he was hit by a tree as he was working on a site in Byley in Cheshire.

Central Networks said about 220,000 customers had been without power at some point across the West Midlands region.

The number of those affected in Staffordshire rose overnight to about 5,500, but has gone down to 2,000.

About 7,500 are still without electricity in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. About 1,000 in Shropshire and 1,000 in the West Midlands remain cut off.

The electricity distributor said problems had not been on this scale for a long time.

Emily Highmore, from Central Networks, said: "We have repaired many of the larger faults. Now the outstanding jobs are largely small incidents, affecting small numbers of people, which take longer to rectify."

Birmingham New Street was temporarily closed for safety reasons during the rush-hour on Thursday as hundreds of passengers filled platforms waiting for cancelled services.

Birmingham International Airport said it was operating normally on Friday with no cancellations as a result of the weather.

Some people have been without power for more than 24 hours


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