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Storm Franklin Takes Over from Eunice as Weather Warnings and Power Cuts Continue

Published on: 20 Feb, 2022
Updated on: 20 Feb, 2022

By Martin Giles

Weather warnings continue tonight (February 20) for Surrey and all of southern England. Warnings of further travel disruption have been issued and over 100 homes in the borough still have no electrical power.

The Met Office has a continuing amber warning in place because of the possibility of damaging high winds, part of Storm Franklin.

A graphic from the Met Office shows that the Amber warning is in place for most of England and all of Wales.

And South Western Railways (SWR) is warning that their services which were suspended yesterday might still be disrupted tomorrow.

They are planning to operate services on all routes, but with strong winds forecast, there will be a 50mph speed restriction across the SWR network on Monday “to protect the safety of our customers and colleagues, causing delays and cancellations to services”.

A spokesperson said: “We also anticipate further line blockages due to fallen trees and strongly advise our customers to consider whether their journey is essential before setting off. Regrettably, we are unable to guarantee replacement travel services will be provided during this challenging time.”

Customers should check and re-check their journey before travelling: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey

Christian Neill, Customer Experience Director for South Western Railway said:

Guildford’s live rail services departure board shows most services operating on Sunday evening but several subject to delay.

“We understand Monday marks the first day back from half term for many and we are sorry for the continuing disruption these storms are causing. It has been an incredibly challenging few days and our teams have been working tirelessly to clear the tracks to safely run as many trains as possible. With more severe weather expected on Monday, we are asking customers to consider whether their journey is essential and make other plans if they can”

Mark Killick, Route Director for Network Rail said: “Tickets booked for travel on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be accepted on Tuesday.”

“With the wind direction expected to change it is very likely that more trees will come down during storm Franklin, having been weakened over the last two days.”

Since Friday’s winds of over 90mph, Network Rail have cleared more than 50 fallen trees from the South Western Railway region.

Continuing power cuts

UK Power Networks are reporting that power cuts are still continuing for 134 homes, in small pockets, across the borough.

Wood Street
Potentially affected postcodes: GU3 3..
Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating an overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.

Number of customers affected: 50
Reference number: INCD-266084-G

This power cut was reported at:
18-Feb-2022 11:13

Estimated time for power to be restored:
21-Feb-2022 between 22:30 and 23:30

North Guildford

Potentially affected postcodes: GU3 1.., GU3 3..

Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating a high voltage overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 10
Reference number: INCD-266388-G

This power cut was reported at:
18-Feb-2022 12:51

Estimated time for power to be restored:
21-Feb-2022 between 15:30 and 16:30

Sutton Green

Potentially affected postcodes: GU23 7..
Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating an overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 8
Reference number: INCD-266400-G

This power cut was reported at:
18-Feb-2022 12:56

Estimated time for power to be restored:
22-Feb-2022 between 15:30 and 16:30

Shalford

Potentially affected postcodes: GU5 0.., GU5 9..
Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating a high voltage overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 49
Reference number: INCD-267497-G

This power cut was reported at:
19-Feb-2022 12:39

Estimated time for power to be restored:
21-Feb-2022 between 22:30 and 23:30

Ockham
Potentially affected postcodes: GU23 6.., KT24 6..
Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating an overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 13
Reference number: INCD-267837-G

This power cut was reported at:
19-Feb-2022 21:26

Estimated time for power to be restored:
To be confirmed

Effingham
Potentially affected postcodes: KT24 6..
Reason for the power cut: Suppliers are investigating a high voltage overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 4
Reference number: INCD-266001-G

This power cut was reported at:
18-Feb-2022 10:09

Estimated time for power to be restored:
21-Feb-2022 between 15:30 and 16:30

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