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High winds trigger power problems
Damaged trees at Wollaton Park in Nottingham
Damaged trees at Wollaton Park in Nottingham
Thousands of people in the East Midlands were without power for a second night following high winds.

On Saturday, 5,000 homes were still without power in the region. More than 2,000 of these were in Lincolnshire.

Energy company E-on said it had enlisted the help of Western Power and 1,000 engineers were working to restore power supplies.

On Friday, rail and plane passengers continued to suffer as services struggled to return to normal.

People whose supplies have already been reconnected may find that supplies are interrupted for a short time over the weekend whilst we carry out further repair work
Anne Walker, CE Electric

Leicester City's football match with Birmingham City was postponed after part of the roof of a nearby hotel was blown off in high winds.

Part of Nottingham's tram network had to be closed after a tree fell onto power lines, but services have been restored.

Central Networks advised its customers to stay away from any fallen power cables that they might come across.

A spokesman asked householders to check on any vulnerable neighbours to ensure they were safe.

'Supplies interrupted'

He added that people should leave a light on so that they knew when the power had been restored.

Anne Walker, from CE Electric, which supplies north Lincolnshire, said nearly 700 of its customers were still without power on Saturday.

"We are working this weekend, we're out and about now," she said.

"Unfortunately people whose supplies have already been reconnected may find that supplies are interrupted for a short time over the weekend whilst we carry out further repair work. I just want to warn people about that. We apologise for this but it's necessary repair work."


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