Storms batter power cables

PUBLISHED: 12:01 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010

EMERGENCY crews were called out on Sunday morning after power cables came down in Portishead during bad weather. Gale force winds hit the district overnight on

EMERGENCY crews were called out on Sunday morning after power cables came down in Portishead during bad weather.Gale force winds hit the district overnight on Saturday, causing a power cable in Honeylands to fall on a house.Two fire crews from Portishead were called out after concerns the sparks from the cables could catch nearby trees alight.Crews monitored the situation while repair teams from Western Power Distribution were called to rectify the problem.Firefighters were also called to Monmouth Close at just before 4.30am on Sunday after concerns the high winds had caused a balcony of a house to become unstable.Earlier in the evening emergency crews were called to a road traffic accident in Portishead where two women were injured and taken to hospital as a result of the crash.And in Abbots Leigh, residents were left without phone lines over the weekend after cables were damaged in the severe weather.One resident said: "We have no phone or internet. "It went off on Thursday and has yet to be restored."The power supply was cut off as a result of the bad weather over the weekend."A handful of people in the Nailsea area and also in Claverham were temporarily left without power as a result of the storms.Western Power Distribution spokesman Irene Hucker said: "There were small pockets of the district which did have their power supply interrupted."In Nailsea there were 112 customers without power for between three to four hours and in Claverham, around 12 homes were left without power temporarily."More rain and strong winds are forecast for this week.

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