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30,000 in UK without power for fifth night after major storm

A walker crosses a bridge in snowy conditions in Brun Valley Forest Park in Burnley, north-west England on November 28, 2021, as the north of England recovers from the after effects of Storm Arwen. (Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)
A walker crosses a bridge in snowy conditions in Brun Valley Forest Park in Burnley, north-west England on November 28, 2021, as the north of England recovers from the after effects of Storm Arwen. (Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

Some 30,000 people in the north of England and in Scotland are still without electricity close to a week after a storm brought snow, ice and the most severe disruption to infrastructure in years, say British officials.

Storm Arwen delivered wind gusts of almost 100 miles per hour to northern and western parts of the UK on Friday and over the weekend. The weather disrupted transportation and caused residential power outages, especially in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Officials have said three people died in storm-related incidents.

UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells Parliament that while almost 1 million people, or about 95% of those affected, have had their power restored, some 30,000 remain without electricity.

Kwarteng says the country needs to be prepared for more extreme weather due to climate change. He says officials will look at lessons from the storm and how to be more resilient in the future.

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