Image caption, Storm Arwen brought 98mph winds and huge waves causing extensive damage

Repairs are under way after Storm Arwen wrought the “worst” damage to the North East’s power network in 20 years.

Northern Powergrid said it had restored power to 208,000 homes across the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, but 32,000 were still affected by cuts.

Sections of overhead lines will need rebuilding after winds of up 98mph caused damage, a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) said it hoped to resume trains north of Newcastle after 10:00 GMT.

The company cancelled trains north of Tyneside late on Friday due to the storm and passengers were urged to avoid all travel.

The Tyne And Wear Metro was also hit by closures but is back up and running, apart from the section between South Hylton and Park Lane in Sunderland which is “under repair”, operator Nexus said.

Image caption, The Metro has resumed service apart from the section between South Hylton and Park Lane

As well as heavy winds, which brought down hundreds of trees including 160 on South Tyneside, there was also heavy snowfall with the A66 currently closed between Bowes in County Durham and Brough in Cumbria.

Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s major incident manager, said surveys by a helicopter have revealed “extensive damage” to large sections of power lines in some areas.

“The impact from Storm Arwen has been one of the worst we’ve experienced in the last 20 years,” he said, adding 100 engineers have been working overnight to restore as much power as possible.

A spokeswoman said customer support vehicles had been out to provide those hit by cuts with hot water, drinks and mobile phone charging.

Image source, Northern Powergrid

Image caption, Northern Powergrid has been surveying extensive damage from the air

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