Power to hundreds of Norfolk homes restored as icy weather sets in

PUBLISHED: 21:37 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 December 2017

Two power cuts affected hundreds of homes west of Holt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Two power cuts affected hundreds of homes west of Holt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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Hundreds of homes were left without power in north Norfolk after power was cut to three different areas.

The cuts came as warnings were issued that the region would have one of the coldest nights of the year.

In the Brinton area, south-west of Holt, 315 homes in the NR24 2, NR25 6, and NR25 7 post code areas were affected.

Engineers investigated a high voltage overhead electricity line fault.

The cut was reported at 11.35am and the power restored between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Earlier, power was restored in Briston, near Melton Constable, after 42 homes in the NR24 2 postcode area were affected after power was switched off “due to a faulty piece of underground network equipment”.

Another power cut, south of Cromer, affected 413 customers in the NR11 7, NR11 8, NR27 9, NR3 1 postcode areas.

Engineers investigated a high voltage overhead electricity line fault and power was restored between 8pm and 9pm.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said engineers had worked quickly to resolve the three unrelated incidents.

While temperatures are expected to drop to around -1C and -2C overnight, the weather is expected to improve at the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for the East of England on Friday morning as a band of rain moves in from the west.

Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 6C to 7C through the day.

Saturday will start off breezy with winds around 15 to 20 mph. It will remain a dry but cloudy day with temperatures around 10C.

On Sunday, a band of rain will move in during the morning resulting in a damp start to the day but conditions will improve.

Throughout the evening and into Sunday night it will remain largely dry with the odd shower and temperatures will be around 4C and 5C.

On New Year’s Day the weather will turn slightly colder with one or two showers on the coast resulting in a cold start to 2018.

A police spokesperson warned drivers to take care on the roads during the cold weather conditions and to make sure their cars were properly de-iced.

The Met Office warning stated that “some roads and railways” were likely to be affected today.

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