ONE electrical distributor says that more than 19,000 properties across mid and south Wales have suffered power cuts this morning since Storm Eunice began to batter the UK.

Western Power Distribution estimates that over 400 properties have been affected in Powys and are without power, with the company hoping to restore power by 5pm this evening.

Areas affected include Llanwrtyd Wells, where 161 properties are currently off supply. A further 72 homes in the Rhayader-Llangurig areas are without power.

Elsewhere in Powys, 104 homes have been cut off in the Brecon area, while 78 in the Crickhowell-Llangenny area have also been affected.

Western Power said there have been a total of 99 incidents across its Wales network so far today, with data on its website revealing 19,156 Welsh homes have been cut off amid swirling winds and driving rain.

Western Power’s interactive map on their website allows you to pinpoint where in Wales is affected – with the LD5 area covering Llanwrtyd, south of Builth Wells, the worst hit so far. Statistics revealed that while 161 properties are currently off supply, power has been restored to 874 homes – with problems first reported just before 11.30am.

Wester Power said: “There is a fault on our high voltage network in your area which we are working hard to resolve.

“We are aware of this power cut incident which was raised at 11.27am this morning and our engineers are working to get the power returned as quickly as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing you.

“For any updates, please bookmark or revisit this page as we will keep you updated with our progress and latest information that we have regarding this incident.

“We estimate that power will be restored by 5.30pm this evening.”

In the LD6, SY15 and SY18 post codes, power is expected to return by 5pm, with 465 properties having had their power restored since incidents were first reported at 11.18am.

Incidents in and around Brecon and Crickhowell were first called in just after 10am.

To see if your area is affected and negotiate the power cuts map, visit here.