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  • 30 December 2013, 11:54

Weather: More Rain And Strong Wind On The Way

Further rain and strong winds have been sweeping the UK - just as engineers restored power to homes hit by poor weather over Christmas.

The last households cut off from electricity by the Christmas storms have now had power restored, the Energy Networks Association says.

Tens of thousands of homes across the south east of England, north Wales and Cumbria have been without electricity over the last week because of damage caused by the storms.

The latest storm is now moving across the UK from west to east.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings. Northern England could see gusts of 50mph to 60mph inland, and up to 80mph over coasts and hills.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has more than 20 flood warnings in force, while the Environment Agency (EA) has almost a dozen for England.

And the unsettled weather looks set to continue into the New Year after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for rain on New Year's Day.

Some 1,300 properties have been flooded during the recent storms in England.

Meanwhile, energy companies have been criticised for their slow reaction to storm damage.

The executive of one of the UK's biggest power distributors has admitted its efforts to restore power to thousands of people should have been better.

Basil Scarsella, chief executive of the UK Power Networks, said the company it was not prepared for the storm and too many staff were on holiday.

The company, which owns electricity lines and cables in London, the south east and east of England, said it will increase payments for 48 to 60-hour outages from 27 to 75 for those affected on Christmas Day.

Additional payments will be made to customers who have been without electricity for longer than that time - up to a maximum of 432.

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