Fault leaves 5,000 homes without power

Over 5,000 Harrogate homes were left without power
Over 5,000 Harrogate homes were left without power

Harrogate Hospital and over 5,000 homes were plunged into darkness on Monday night as a power cut affected the town.

Patient services were not affected as the hospital lost power only briefly.

However, the reported cable fault blamed for the outage caused a total of 5,107 properties across the town to be without power for nearly three hours.

Roderick Stuart, Media Services Manager at electricity provider Northern Powergrid told the Harrogate Advertiser: “It happened at 8.29pm and everybody had power back on by 11.18pm.

“It affected 5,107 properties. It was a cable fault. The areas affected were the HG1 and HG2 postcodes.”

Last week, we revealed Northern Powergrid has started work to install 11km of new underground cable through the town centre as part of works to enhance the power supply in Harrogate, at a cost of £11m.

A spokesperson for Harrogate District Hospital said: “The hospital suffered a power outage but the emergency generators kicked in.

“Some of our electronic record systems were knocked out but there was no compromise of patient care.

“Power was out for a matter of seconds.”

Many of those affected took to Twitter.

@josephseager wrote: “Nothing like a power cut! #Harrogate”

@namboozle posted: “I think #Harrogate is having some power issues!”

@marketerach said: “Loving watching #blackout as a lot of #Harrogate sits in an actual power cut !!”

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