30 October 2013
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For the third consecutive day, British Red Cross emergency teams have been busy responding to the effects caused by the St. Jude storm, as over 55 000 homes in parts of the UK went without power.
Across Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, Red Cross teams responded to calls from care shelters and homes affected by the effects of the storm .
Figures from the UK Power Networks revealed 48,000 properties in the East and 9,600 in the South East had no electricity 24 hours after the first power cut.
Simon Lewis, the British Red Cross head of emergency response and planning, said: “The storm may have passed across the UK now, but its effects are still being felt by many. Thousands of homes are facing the possibility of a second night in the dark, and that may have a detrimental impact on the health of the elderly; and those who are already unwell.
“Since Sunday night, Red Cross staff and volunteers have been absolutely brilliant in braving the conditions; and have been on hand to support ambulance services, power networks, transport hospital patients and help stranded travellers,” he added.
Red Cross teams in Suffolk today visited care homes where they provided torches, blankets and practical support.
In Essex, the teams responded to over 10 calls including one case involving a mother needing with five children in need of medical support.
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