ENGINEERS worked through the night in difficult conditions to restore power to 4,200 homes across Cumbria after Storm Gareth hit the region last night. 

The storm brought gales of 63mph along the coast and 57mph in North Cumbria and Lancashire overnight which caused around 19 faults on the network across the region. 

Electricity Northwest engineers managed to restore power to the majority of customers last night. 

Around 300 customers, mainly located in Ambleside, Coniston, Penrith and Barrow, were still experiencing problems but ENW said they were expected to be reconnected by tonight.

Chris Fox, incident manager for Electricity North West, said: “We were fully prepared for the disruption anticipated by Storm Gareth and we are always ready to respond to adverse weather conditions.

"We’re pleased that the network largely withstood the storm and I’m proud of our engineers working in difficult conditions overnight to restore power to the majority of customers."

Electricity North West is urging people to stay safe and if they see any damage to overhead power lines to stay away and report it straight away.