Most of the more than half a million homes left without power following yesterday’s St Jude storm now have their electricity back.
Electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks said it has restored power supplies to 91% of its 620,000 customers.
According to the company 48,000 properties in the East and 9,600 in the South East are still without power but there are now 900 engineers on duty – six times the normal level.
It said other electricity distribution firms were helping out by lending their staff to the effort.
UK Power Networks said: “Engineers will continue restoring supplies as quickly as is safely possible and significant progress has been made overnight. We are carrying out helicopter patrols to check overhead power lines.”
The company urged the public to report any damaged power lines but told them to stay well clear. It added that its phone lines are extremely busy, having received 120,000 calls yesterday.