MORE than 16,000 homes on the National Grid have been left without electricity after Storm Ciaran hit the UK – including 8,000 in Cornwall.
Around 16,000 households in the path of the storm are without power, an Energy Networks Association spokesman told The Sun.
The National Grid said that 8,500 homes in Cornwall were without powers as of this morning.
Local councillor Martyn Alvey told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that workers were scrambling to switch the power back on for "vulnerable people" in coastal areas.
The ENA added that 81% of customers affected by storm-related outages overnight have now been reconnected – with emergency teams on standby.
Brits woke up to scenes of chaos this morning with trees strewn across the roads, roofs pulled off and reports of a tornado.
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Much of Britain has been urged to stay safe as the band of stormy weather hit at around 6pm on Wednesday evening – with the wild conditions getting worse.
A red warning was issued in Jersey from November 1 through to today, with residents advised to stay home as Jersey Police recorded winds of 104mph.
P&O Ferries has cancelled all services from Dover to Calais "until further notice", with flights delayed from some UK airports.
National Highways East said that the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is closed in both directions – with one mile of congestion on either side of the crossing.
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The Tornado and Storm Research has warned that the south of England could even be hit by a 90mph twister today.
There have been reports of a tornado in Jersey – but the local weather service is yet to confirm it.
A major incident was also declared in Hampshire, Jersey and on the Isle of Wight.
Forecasters have warned that Storm Ciaran could pose a "risk to life" as winds of up to 80mph are expected in coastal areas.
The storm has already left one person dead in France, where 1.2million homes are without power.
The National Grid has been contacted for comment.
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