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Tens of thousands without power in U.K. in storm’s wake

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                                Vehicles travel tentatively on the snow-covered A53 close to Buxton in Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen, England, today.

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    Vehicles travel tentatively on the snow-covered A53 close to Buxton in Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen, England, today.

LONDON >> Tens of thousands of people in Scotland and northern England remained without power today after a storm brought sleet, subzero temperatures and disruptions across much of the U.K.

Icy gusts caused power cuts around the border between Scotland and England, with Northern Powergrid saying it recorded 1,100 instances of damage requiring significant repairs. It said it was trying to restore service to 40,000 customers, while the SP Energy Networks said 21,000 customers remained without power today.

“The storm was well forecasted and despite being prepared, Storm Arwen resulted in damage of a scale and intensity not seen for 15 years,” said Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s major incident manager.

The power cuts came as forecasters issued ice warnings and said the coldest night of the season would hit parts of the U.K. later today, with snowfall expected across the country and temperatures dropping to as low as -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Scotland and northern England.

Some train routes, including one between the cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle, were cancelled due to damage caused by the storm.

The cold spell came after three people were killed when trees were blown over by strong winds as Storm Arwen hit the U.K. on Friday.

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