Parts of Eastbourne and Lewes have been hit by a power cut after a high-voltage cable faulted this afternoon, according to UK Power Networks.
The company believes more than 5,000 people are being affected by the outage, which may not be fixed until 8.30pm tonight.
A spokesman for UK Power Networks said, “An underground electricity cable has faulted on our high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut.
“Engineers have restored electricity supplies to the majority of customers affected by a power interruption in part of East Sussex today.
“Staff worked quickly and safely to reconnect power to several thousand customers after it was interrupted at 12.58pm and work is ongoing to restore remaining supplies.
“We understand how difficult it is being without electricity and apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”
A spokesperson later said, “UK Power Networks engineers have restored supplies to customers in parts of East Sussex after a fault on the electricity network interrupted supplies at 12.58pm today. Supplies were restored quickly with all remaining supplies reconnected by 2.43pm.”
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