Approximately 4,000 homes suffered power outages in Cumbria due to Storm Freya over the weekend, according to Electricity North West (ENW).

The region was hit with winds of up to 80mph and heavy snow across Cumbria on Sunday evening (3 March).

The network operator’s engineers worked through the night to restore power to homes situated for the most part in the North Lakes region.

Mark Mercer, network system manager at ENW, said: “Our team was prepared for the disruption anticipated by Storm Freya and we are always ready to respond to adverse weather conditions.

“We’re pleased that the network largely withstood the storm and that all reported incidents were restored by early this morning.

“We were also able to contact 30,000 customers on our Priority Services Register to ensure they were advised of what to do should they experience an issue with their supply due to the bad weather.”

Western Power Distribution (WPD) was another network operator which faced outages and a spokesperson confirmed that the company had a “busy night”.

WPD dealt with a total of 406 faults, restoring power to 23,767 – 90 per cent of which were restored “within the hour”.

Meanwhile UK Power Networks, Scottish Power Energy Networks and Northern Powergrid all reported it being business as usual throughout the weekend.

Storm Freya followed the first named storm of the year, Storm Erik, in which engineers from ENW restored power to around 25,000 customers last month.