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UPDATE: Amber warning from Met Office puts Cambridgeshire on thunderstorm alert

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The Met Office is forecasting more thunderstorms
The Met Office is forecasting more thunderstorms

Met Office issues Amber weather warning for the region after night of power problems caused by storms

Cambridgeshire is bracing itself for more thunderstorms after a night of power cuts across the region.

Most of the power outages, caused by the storms, have been dealt with by UK Power Networks, but there is the possibility of more problems this afternoon and tonight.

Although not all the cuts to power were caused by the thunderstorms, a number of residents in Waterbeach, Freckenham, Kennett, and Swaffham Prior were among those affected.

But now the Met Office has warned more storms, including hail, are on their way and that could lead to more power problems for the region.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The very high afternoon temperatures mean that it is likely that some heavy thunderstorms will develop across parts of East Anglia and Lincolnshire. Where the thunderstorms occur torrential downpours are possible with as much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours. Large hail, frequent lightning and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards. However, many places will see much lower rainfall amounts. This amber warning covers the period of highest risk into this evening. Further thunderstorms are possible until late evening, however, and this risk is addressed in the yellow warning already in force.”

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks, said: “Engineers worked quickly and safely to restore power to around 1,700 customers in Swaffham Prior after an overhead line fault at 5.33am. Most had power restored by 6.29am with the final 65 customers back on supply at 10.10am. Power was interrupted to 410 customers in Waterbeach at 3.01am and all were restored by 3.34am. In Freckenham and Kennett power was restored to 366 customers following an underground cable fault at 7.27am. We appreciate how difficult it is to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast for heavy rain and lightning, develops. We urge anyone spotting a damaged power line to report it to us immediately by calling 105 and stay well clear.”

Residents can find live information about local power cuts, and register for free help for people who need it during a power cut, at https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

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