24/12/2013 Look East - West


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struggled with an Australian barrage all tour. Let's hope this guy has a

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lot more About 10,000 homes across the region

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have been without electricity today after power lines were brought down

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in gale force winds. Engineers have been working all day and nearly

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three quarters have now been reconnected. But some homes could

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still be without power for Christmas. Oh, crumbs! Well, we've

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got water but we haven't got electricity. The First Impressions

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hairdressing salon in a village just north of Norwich. 60 appointments

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for the day and no power. I got here around about 7:20am and was going to

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start at 7:30 because it is a busy day, Christmas Eve. I switched the

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lights on, nothing. The power went off in the early hours and in this

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shop nearby they were working by lights powered by a generator. The

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brewers have gone home because we have got no power. They are coming

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back at 4pm. Unfortunately, they are going to be here until midnight but

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it is a sterling effort. We hope they have a great Christmas but good

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effort. Kay is having family round for Christmas. She was wondering how

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she was going to feed everyone. The ham was bubbling away on a gas stove

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but cooking the turkey might be more of a problem. I have got a freezer

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full of food. These are the anxieties everybody is going to

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have. Particularly at Christmas time. You know, you're absolutely

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full of food. You have your fridge full, freezer full. We want people

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to have a great Christmas and enjoy their Christmas and we are doing

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everything in our capability today to ensure that happens. Kay's

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husband cranked up a generator to give them some power. Engineers were

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busy working nearby to restore power to the whole area. The UK power

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network say the vast majority of people cut off last night should

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have electricity restored for the big day.

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The strong winds also caused problems on road and rail. Trains

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were suspended overnight until the lines had been checked and many

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rivers have been swollen. But the immediate risk of flooding appears

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be receding. This report from Kevin Burch. After a night of raging

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winds, many people woke once again to start counting the cost. This was

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in Cambridgeshire. Elsewhere in the county, roads were inundated, with

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officials urging everyone to take care. People always underestimate

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the dangers of floodwater. The fact that it has stopped raining does not

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mean it is less dangerous. I would advise people to keep away from

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rivers, keep away from high water and keep safe over Christmas. The

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rail firm Greater Anglia warned commuters not to expect any trains

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running before 10am this morning. As it was, a limited service was

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operating after the tracks and overhead cables had been checked

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first thing. It is frustrating but we are all in the same boat. Not too

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bad because they said ten o'clock and I thought I'd chance it. You're

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going to get held up. You're going to get held up if you drive. It's

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one more thing. You would have thought they would have prepared for

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it better. It's when I get to Waterloo that I may have to ask a

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few questions! I think it probably won't be too bad. I'll think

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differently if we get delayed en route to Peterborough, or something

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like that. The rail firms say they have to put safety first and can't

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risk trains and passengers getting stranded. As far as the floodwater's

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concerned, officials say that with two dry days ahead, hopefully levels

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will subside quickly. Members of the Fire Brigade's Union

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across the region are taking strike action this evening, in a row over

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changes to their pensions. They will be on strike tonight from seven til

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midnight. Three more are planned over New Year. Each brigade has some

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kind of resilience in place. In addition to that, we've also got a

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Major Incident Return to Work Plan agreed. We have that here in

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Bedfordshire with our chief officers. That is the case across

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the majority of the country, with the exception of Essex, whose chief

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has decided to lock them out for the full duration of the Christmas Eve

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strike and potentially the New Year's Eve strike as well.

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Now it's time for the weather. Year's Eve strike as well.

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Now it's time for Here's Alex. It is looking much calmer for

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Christmas. Dry at the moment but the chance of showers developing

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overnight and it could be quite heavy locally. Most of us should be

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free of frost. Temperatures getting close to freezing but enough wind to

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prevent frost forming, perhaps just in the countryside. Through

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Christmas Day, it looks largely dry through much of the day with sunny

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spells on patchy cloud. The chance of showers developing in coastal

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part of Southwark and ethics but most places should stay dry. Chilly

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on Boxing Day. It looks largely dry for Boxing Day. Quite a bit more

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cloud and then we end the week as we started, wet and windy.

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That's all from us. Have a good night. Merry Christmas.

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it from us - we are back on Boxing Day at One o'clock. Merry Christmas.

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Hello. The weather has been a little kinder today to travellers and

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last-minute Christmas shoppers across

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