MORE than 500 homes have been hit by a power cut in the area today, Tuesday.

The incident has affected 550 properties in Atherleigh, say Electricity North West.

It was reported at 8.42am.

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Ina a statement, Electricity North West said: "This power cut has been caused by an unexpected incident on the high voltage cable that provides electricity to your home or business. We didn't know before your electricity went off that this was going to happen but now we know, rest assured we will get your power back on safely and as quickly as possible.

"Please be aware that all our timescales are estimated based on previous experience and may change if new information becomes available while our engineers are fixing the issue. With high voltage power cuts, we're often able to get many of the homes involved back on before our estimated time of restoration."

Power is estimated to be restored by 11.42 am today.

Which postcodes have been affected?

Postcodes affected are: WN7 5QR, WN7 5QN, WN7 5QS, WN7 5RJ, WN7 5RT, WN7 5RH, WN7 5RX, WN7 5TL, WN7 5QU, WN7 5ST, WN7 5SN, WN7 5QT, WN7 5SU, WN7 5RP, WN7 5RY, WN7 5QP, WN7 5QW, WN7 5SP, WN7 5TA, WN7 5SW, WN7 5SB, WN7 5SA, WN7 5QH, WN7 5SR, WN7 5SS, WN7 5SX.

Meanwhile, another 13 households in Astley Mosley Common have also been hit by a power cut, affecting postcodes M29 7JF and M29 7JZ. This was reported at 8.11pm last night, with restoration expected by noon today.