Aug 20, 2019

Lightning strike 'partly to blame' for power cut

A lightning strike and the rare loss of two large generators from the system caused nearly a million people to lose power in England and Wales earlier this month, an interim report has found. The National Grid outage affected homes, businesses and transport, and while power was restored quite quickly, disruption continued into the next day. Ofgem said its investigation "Would try to establish what lessons can be drawn from the power cut to ensure that steps can be taken to further improve the resilience of Britain's energy network". The power cut, which happened just before 17:00 BST on Friday 10 August, caused blackouts across the Midlands, the South East, South West, North West and North East of England, and Wales. Two almost simultaneous unexpected power losses at Hornsea and Little Barford occurred independently of one another - but each associated with the lightning strike.

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