Homes without power and trees felled as Storm Eleanor hits Huntingdonshire

PUBLISHED: 08:29 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 03 January 2018

Met Office

Met Office


There are reports of trees blocking roads and power being lost to homes around Huntingdonshire as Storm Eleanor sweeps across the district.

The Met Office issued a weather warning for strong winds ahead of the storm’s arrival yesterday (Tuesday).

The forecaster said that public transport could be affected and power cuts were also possible as “very strong winds” hit Cambridgeshire last night and continued into today.

A yellow weather warning was issued, which will remain in place until 6pm tonight.

Cambridgeshire police reported a number of incidents of trees blocking roads and urged drivers to be aware.

A spokesman said: “Please be aware of trees blocking a high number of roads across the county, courtesy of Storm Eleanor. Please ensure you are all driving safely and fully alert of what is on the road ahead.”

Homes in Sawtry were without power for several hours overnight, with fresh disruption caused this morning (Wednesday).

Engineers from UK Power Networks responded to reports of an outage at about 11pm on Tuesday night and power was restored in the early hours.

However, a new fault was reported at about 5am and work to remedy the issue was expected to continue until 9am. A fault with a piece of equipment was the reason cited by UK Power Network officials.

Homes were without power for a short period overnight in St Ives.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Public transport may be disrupted or cancelled and some bridges are likely to be closed. Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible.”

The spokesman added: “Throughout this period, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely along exposed coasts, with the more exposed locations seeing gusts close to 80 mph. Inland gusts exceeding 60 mph are possible.”

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