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Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes

Scottish customers worst hit as grid operators issue power system disturbance warning

Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Rescue workers from the fire department work at the scene of a fatal accident. Britain was battered by storms on Jan 3 with Scotland bearing the brunt of high winds which also forced the English Channel port of Dover to close (AFP/Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
More than 100,000 homes lost their electricity supply in Britain on Tuesday as storms of up to 90 miles-per-hour uprooted trees which knocked out transmission lines and flying debris damaged power infrastructure, electricity suppliers said (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
SSE Power Distribution, which supplies electricity in Scotland and southern England, said 63,000 customers were disconnected on Tuesday (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Around 40,000 customers at Scottish Power Energy Networks in Scotland and north-west England were also without electricity (AFP/Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Other power network operators in England also said customers were cut off on Tuesday (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Transmission was restored in the afternoon and the number of customers affected was smaller than in Scotland. (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
SSE and Scottish Power said they had mobilised around 1,000 engineers to tackle the supply cuts, but strong winds made it dangerous for workers to get to problem zones in certain areas (AFP/Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Britain's high-voltage power network operator National Grid also issued a warning on Tuesday about system disturbances between 0900-1800 GMT due to the storms (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
EDF Energy, Britain's largest nuclear power producer, also reduced output at its Scottish Hunterston B nuclear reactors following a request from National Grid so the network operator can better manage power distribution while supply cuts are ongoing (Getty Images)
Fierce storms in UK cut power to over 100,000 homes
Storms also delayed the delivery of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on Tuesday as wind speeds were too high to allow the huge vessel to berth (AFP/Getty Images)