Hartlepool shoppers hit by power cut as Storm Ciara batters country with strong winds and rain

Shoppers in Hartlepool found themselves momentarily in the dark after a power cut hit the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre during Storm Ciara.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 3:12 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 3:56 pm
Shoppers at Middleton Grange shopping centre were reportedly affected by a power cut as Storm Ciara battered the country.

Our reporter Mark Payne was at the popular shopping centre at around 11.30am on Sunday, February 9, when a power cut took place.

He described how the lights went out in the building before a generator kicked in bringing the power back on.

He said a four-way set of traffic lights at the junctions of Hart Lane, Raby Road and Middleton Road were also not working as a result of the power cut.

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It comes as Storm Ciara batters the country, bringing heavy rain and strong winds of up to 60mph in parts.

The Met Office has reported a Yellow Warning for wind and an Amber Warning for rain has been issued.

Meanwhile the bad weather has caused travel disruption across the country with many train providers cancelling services.

Northern Powergrid has reported that engineers are dealing with thousands of power cuts across the region as a result of Storm Ciara.

A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman confirmed that they received a report of a power fault at 11.30am on the TS24 area which affected 1,400 customers.

By 1.07pm all customers were back on supply.

The company which is responsible for managing the electricity distribution network across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has confirmed that it has restored power to around 23,400 customers and is continuing to deal with power cuts across the region.