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Red Cross emergency teams continue storm response

30 October 2013

British Red Cross emergency teams are continuing to provide help in the aftermath of the St Jude storm as thousands of homes in parts of the UK remain without power.

The storm struck on Sunday night with winds of nearly 100mph causing widespread damage across swathes of southern England.

For a third consecutive day, Red Cross staff and volunteers have been providing assistance.  

Across Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, teams have responded to calls from care homes and individuals affected by the storm.

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 faced 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.”

Thousands without power

As of this morning, some 13,600 properties in the East and 2,800 in the South East are still without power, according to UK Power Networks.

Red Cross teams in Suffolk yesterday visited care homes where they provided torches, blankets and practical assistance.

In Essex, the teams responded to more than 10 calls including one case involving a mother with five children in need of medical support.

On Monday, a Red Cross fire and emergency services team helped the family of a 17-year-old girl in Edenbridge, Kent, who was killed after a tree fell on a mobile home.

And in East Sussex, Red Cross volunteers provided support to the search and rescue team looking for a 14-year-old boy swept out to sea at Newhaven on Sunday.

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