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UPDATED - Power cut hits 2,000 homes in Weymouth
12:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of Weymouth homes were left without electricity after a power cut.
A total of 2,000 properties were affected by a fault that occurred on a high voltage section of the network in the town.
Some businesses reported a very brief power cut lasting not more than a few seconds, while others said the power cut lasted around 10 minutes.
Chalbury Food and Wine at Chalbury Corner said it didn’t affect business and the power was back on in 10 minutes.
Pete Walburn from Daniel’s fish and Chips in Littlemoor, said: “It literally went flash and we thought ‘what was that?’ because it went off and on so quickly.”
Café Oasis at Bowleaze Coveway said they experienced a ‘split-second’ of power loss.
Dennis Spurr from the Fantastic Sausage Factory said: “We had a flash, that was it really.
“Just a bit of a dimming for a few seconds and it all came back on again.”
Some 2,000 properties were affected just before 9am, with most restored almost immediately, although some 500 were left without electricity for longer.
A spokesman for power provider Southern Electric power distribution said: “The fault occurred just before 9am.
“It initially affected just under 2,000 customers.
“We were able in eight minutes to get three-quarters of the customers back on by reconfiguring the network.”
Engineers worked to get the remaining 500 properties back on.
By 10am every home, apart from five, had the power back on and engineers focused their efforts to restore power to the final five.
The spokesman said the fault had occurred on a high voltage section of the network.
The spokesman added: “We’d just like to apologise to the customers affected for any inconvenience and thank them for their patience while sorted the fault.”
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