It’s been a stormy Autumn at Network Plus, but nothing too tasking for our Storm Response Teams!
Ciarán has been a record-breaking storm with the lowest mean sea level pressure (MSLP) in November for England and Wales, bringing hurricane-strength winds to France, the Channel Islands and southern England, leaving more than a million people without access to electricity.
In the southern reaches of the country, we supported our client UK Power Networks on Tuesday 31st in preparation for the storm. We sent our teams down to their sites, many of whom stayed throughout the weekend. These included Linesmen, Supervisors, Arborists, Wagon Drivers and Plant Operators.
See photos of the damage below:
On Wednesday, our team of 20+ visited areas struck by the storm in the South of England, on behalf of our client Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.
On Thursday over in the South West, our team of 50+ working on behalf of our contract with National Grid Electricity Distribution were out fixing lines and helping customers get back onto their supply as soon as possible.
Rapid Response to Storm Ciarán: A Testament to Teamwork
In the early hours of Thursday 2nd November Jersey was hit by Storm Ciarán, resulting in 100mph hurricane-strength winds, and a tornado, leaving a trail of destruction across the Island.
On Friday 3rd November, as the Island grappled with the aftermath, we received a call from the team at Jersey Electricity. Whilst the vast majority of their network performed overall very well, the more exposed overhead network sustained widespread damage.
We were able to mobilise and rapidly deploy over 30 of our specialist team to support the restoration efforts of their overhead network, with operatives working across the island.
We’re proud to support all of our Power clients in these challenging times and commend all those involved in the restoration efforts.
Photos from the response in Jersey: