30,000 people without electricity in England and Scotland by storm

LONDON (AP) – About 30,000 people in northern England and Scotland have been without power for nearly a week after a storm caused frost and caused the most severe disruption to infrastructure in years, British officials said Wednesday.

Storm Arwen caused wind gusts of nearly 100 mph (160 km) across parts of the north and west of the UK over the weekend. The weather disrupted transportation and caused power outages in residences, especially in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Officials said three people have died in incidents related to the storm.

UK Commerce Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Parliament that while nearly 1 million people, or about 95% of those affected, have already had power restored, roughly 30,000 were still without service as of Wednesday.

Kwarteng said the country needs to be prepared for more extreme weather due to climate change. He added that officials will seek to learn from the storm and how to be more resilient in the future.

Chris Burchell, managing director of Power Grids Scotland and the South, apologized to customers, adding that the damage caused by Arwen was the “most significant event we have had to deal with in the area in a generation.”

The Association of Electrical Networks indicated that some homes will not have electricity before the weekend.


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