Map shows 13,000 homes plunged into darkness amid outage

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Power cuts have left thousands of households across Kent in darkness earlier this morning.

According to poweroutage, more than 13,000 homes have been affected by the issue, which was first reported at 4.07pm yesterday afternoon.

Smaller scale power failures have also been reported this morning across Greater London (affecting 73 properties) and central Bedfordshire (44).

On their website, UK Power Networks — the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) that covers the South East, East and London — said: “We’re sorry for any disruption this may be causing you.

“We’re currently investigating a fault on the electricity network which has caused a power cut in the local area.”

At present, the DNO said, it is unclear at what time power is likely to be restored to the affected properties.

They explained: “We are working to give you a more specific time for when your power will be back on.” has approached UK Power Networks for further comment.

The Met Office has some helpful advice on how to prepare for — and handle — a power cut.

It is wise, they said, to keep a supply of torches and batteries to hand in the event of an emergency, and to ensure that you keep your mobile phone charged so that you can still make calls, in an emergency situation, should the power supply fail.

The Met Office added: “If electricity is crucial for any medical equipment you have, please contact your distribution network operator […] as they may be able to put you on their priority register for assistance during any power outage.”

In the event that a blackout strikes, they continued, it is best to keep fridges and freezers closed — as so they remain cold — look out for any senior or vulnerable neighbours, and switch off appliances like irons, ovens, electric fires, etc. so that they don’t pose a potential hazard when the power is restored.

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