Engineers are working to restore power to the 1,000 Cheshire homes still affected before more gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to hit later today.

Six thousand homes across the area lost power following the 80-100mph winds which battered the region on Wednesday night.

 

A spokesperson for ScottishPower said: “With another Atlantic storm expected later this afternoon, engineers are making the most of calmer conditions this morning to make as many repairs as possible. 

“However much of the damage caused by the hurricane force  winds on Wednesday requires major engineering to repair and engineers are trying to complete repairs that would usually take days in hours.

“The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has  been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead  power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas.”

Over 1,000 ScottishPower staff are helping with the recovery, after additional engineers and contractors from Scotland and the rest of the UK were drafted in.

Delamere Forest will be closed all weekend (February 14-16) and Taste Cheshire's Farmers' Market, due to take place on Chester Town Hall Square tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) has been cancelled.  The next one will be on Saturday, March 15.