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Storm Dudley & Storm Eunice

This week brings a period of unsettling weather but we are prepared

Wednesday 16th February - 11.30am

The next few days are looking to bring a period of unsettling weather with two named storms bringing heavy winds and rain across the UK.

Storm Dudley is expected to bring strong winds to the north of the country from this evening through to Thursday morning.

Storm Eunice is expected to follow soon after, bringing strong winds and showers across many parts of our region throughout Friday into Saturday morning, bringing potential disruption to our network.

We know that storm conditions can be a worrying time for our customers, so we have put a range of measures in place to ensure we’re ready for any impact on the electricity network.

Weather forecast 

Wednesday 16 February

South West England

Storm Dudley will pass north of the region but will bring showers and strong winds as it passes. Winds will increase during the late morning and afternoon, reaching a peak gust of 45-55mph. These will then decrease overnight.

South Wales 

Storm Dudley will pass north of the region but will bring showers and strong winds as it passes through. Wind gusts are expected to reach 50-60mph in the afternoon and evening, with the strongest of the winds being in coastal areas. These conditions will decrease slightly overnight.

Midlands 

Storm Dudley will track through Scotland late into the day and into the North Sea overnight. This will bring showers and strong winds as it passes. Showers and wind are expected to increase during the afternoon and into the evening, with peak gusts expecting to reach 55-60mph.

Thursday 17 February

South West England

Showery conditions will continue in the morning, afternoon and early evening. Gusty winds will continue through the day with gusts near 40-45mph and 50mph at times. Winds will weaken in the evening and then increase again late at night.

South Wales 

Showery conditions will continue in the morning, afternoon and early evening. Winds will weaken in the evening and will increase late at night with peak gusts reaching 60mph along exposed coastal areas.

Midlands 

Storm Dudley will depart early with lingering gusty winds. Mostly dry through Thursday with a few isolated showers in the early evening. Gusty winds will occur Thursday morning and into the afternoon. Wind gusts may reach 45-55 mph, which will be strongest in eastern areas in the morning. Winds will weaken in the afternoon but increase again overnight.

Friday 18 February

South West England

Storm Eunice will pass north of the region, bringing very strong winds and showers. Showers will continue through Friday morning and afternoon before tapering to spotty showers late in the afternoon/early evening and overnight. Very strong winds will develop, peaking in the afternoon with gusts likely to reach 65-75mph. These will weaken Friday evening and overnight.

South Wales 

Storm Eunice will pass through the region, bringing very strong winds and showers. Showers will continue through Friday but taper into the evening. Winds will increase Friday morning and early afternoon, reaching 70-80mph. These will weaken overnight.

Midlands 

Storm Eunice is expected to bring strong winds through the region on Friday morning and weaken into the evening. Winds gusts are expecting to reach 60-75mph across the region. Showers will continue throughout Friday morning and afternoon before tapering late into the evening.

Saturday 19 February

South West England

Winds and showers will arrive in the afternoon and may continue in northern areas in the evening and night. Winds will weaken overnight.

South Wales 

Showers will arrive in the morning and may continue in northern areas in the evening and night. Winds may occur in the afternoon but will weaken overnight

Midlands 

Dry weather is expected Saturday morning, showers will arrive late afternoon but taper into the evening.

We’re prepared 

Preparations will be in place so that, whatever the weather, we can work to restore power supplies quickly and safely for you if they are disrupted. In particular, we have:

  • Additional operational and engineering staff ready and on stand-by to respond to any network issues.
  • Additional Contact and control Centre operatives available to manage the electricity network and to help customers with their enquiries.
  • Put arrangements in place to open offices early as required.
  • Preparations to operate 24/7 in support of operational field staff (e.g. IT, communications).
  • Home workers are available to assist throughout the business and ramp up rooms are on standby to open if necessary.
  • Helicopters available to fly and identify badly affected areas to hasten repairs if safe to do so from first light.
  • Planned work will be cancelled where resource is required to support customers if the weather affects supplies. You will be notified if your works is to be rescheduled. 

Tips on how you can prepare in case of a power cut 

We have some useful tips that you may find helpful to help you prepare for Storm Dudley & Storm Eunice:

  1. Keep our telephone number handy or save it in your mobile phone (105 or 0800 6783 105) so that you can report a power cut or call for information and advice.
  2. Keep a battery/solar charger handy so that you can recharge your smart phone or tablet and follow updates on social media, our online power cut map or Power Cut Reporter app.
  3. Keep your freezer shut – depending on the type of freezer you have, the contents could stay frozen for up to 12 hours.
  4. Check that you have a phone available that will work in a power cut – digital or cordless ones may not work.
  5. Have things like a torch or lantern ready (it is best not to use candles or paraffin lights).
  6. Protect sensitive electrical equipment such as computers with a surge protector plug.
  7. If you have a mains operated stair lift, check to see if there is a manual release handle that can be used to return it safely to ground level if it stops working.

Additional information

If you experience a power cut or spot anything dangerous which may affect the electricity network, please contact us anytime by:

Phone: 105 or 0800 6783 105

Twitter: @wpduk

Webchat: www.westernpower.co.uk

Power Cut Reporter App – Available on iTunes or Google Play

All of our contact details can be found here.

For our most vulnerable customers, we also provide additional support during a power cut. Click here for more information about our Priority Services Register.

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Emergency information 24/7

Call 0800 6783 105 or 105

Power cut? Call 105

Additional information

Our network is robust but severe weather can affect overhead power lines, anyone spotting a damaged power line is urged to treat these as live cables and to report it to us.

If you need to report a problem, please use the free 105 nationwide emergency telephone number.

Our network outage map is live and shows localities currently affected or you can use the box below to check your postcode.

If you experience a power cut or spot anything dangerous which may affect the electricity network, please contact us anytime.

For our most vulnerable customers, we also provide additional support during a power cut. Please visit our Priority Service Register page for more information.

Call us
0800 6783 105 or 105

Find us on twitter

Handy Tips

Check you have a phone available that will work in a power cut - digital or cordless ones may not work.

Keep a battery or solar charger handy so that you can recharge your smart phone or tablet and follow updates on social media and our online power cut map.

Keep our telephone number handy or save it into your mobile phone (105 or 0800 6783 105) so that you can report a power cut or call for information or advice.

Have a portable light such as a lantern or torch ready (it's best not to use candles or paraffin lights).

Protect sensitive electrical equipment such as computers with a surge protector.

Keep a wind-up, battery or solar radio ready so you can listen to local radio updates.

If you have a mains operated chair lift, check to see if there is a manual release handle that can be used to return it safely to ground level if it stops working.