May 23, 2022
Storm winds are expected to cause damage to the storm (Photo: FitchyImages – stock.adobe.com)

Dudley and Younes storms along the way

Bringing down hatches for upcoming storms (Photo: adobe.com)

Hurricanes Dudley and Younes are expected to blow at speeds of up to 90 mph this week across the country, and the Met Office is expected to issue “life-threatening” warnings for parts of the UK. That many households will once again face power cuts, like Hurricane Malik earlier this year.

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A hurricane is on its way (Photo: Richard Johnson – stock.adobe.com)

Utility bidder experts have revealed what you can do if you are left without electricity after bad weather:

How to find out if you have a power outage:

You can call 105 to find out about power outages in your area, but there are a few other signs that indicate this is a problem outside your home:

Important checks

Check if the streetlights are on – if not, it’s likely because the local power is off, not just your home.

Check that everything is off, and not just lights or appliances – if so, this could be one of your trip switches.

Check that your prepayment meter credit has not expired.

Check with the neighbor to see if they have electricity.

Once you have determined if the problem is inside or outside your home, you can contact your network distributor, who will be able to provide updates. If you are not sure who your distributor will be, you can search online.

What to do when the power goes out:

Fortunately, power outages often do not last long. However, in the case of severe storms such as the recent hurricane Malik, you may be left without electricity for a long time. If so, here are some things you can do:

Be ready

Calm down – your distributor will have to work with people to get your power back as soon as it is safe for them to do so.

If it is safe to do so, turn off the electrical appliances on the plug – sometimes, when the network is recovering, the electricity can run very high.

Keep an eye on your frozen food – if something is defrosted it may not be safe to freeze. Food can usually be kept in the freezer for 15-24 hours if you can avoid opening it. For the refrigerator, it is about 4-6 hours.

Put your phone in low power mode, remove all apps running in the background and reduce the brightness. Use if you have access to a car charger.

If you can, leave the light on, so you know when your power will be on.

Wrap as hot as possible, especially if the power goes off in the evening.

For bad weather, if your power goes off for more than 24 hours, you are entitled to 7
0 compensation. For storms over 48 hours, you will receive an additional £ 70 for every 12 hours you have no electricity, up to £ 700.

People warn for Hurricane Dudley and Younes (Photo: Paul – stock.adobe.com)

If you are experiencing bad weather and you know there is a possibility of a power outage, there are several ways you can prepare:

Essential emergency kit

Make sure you have a flashlight in your hand, as candles can be a fire hazard.

Buy a portable battery pack for your phone and keep charging.

Make some blankets and thick clothes if you need to keep warm.

Make sure you have enough food and drink that does not require electricity to heat.

If you medically rely on something that requires battery power, be sure to talk to your doctor about a possible backup plan. You can also join the preferential service register, which will tell your supplier about your medical needs in the event of a power outage.

Have a plug-in telephone that doesn’t need electricity – most cordless will go down in the event of a power outage.

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