SEVERAL shops were forced to close after experiencing power cuts.
Due to bad weather, 14 shops in Waterlooville Precinct were shut today after having no electricity or heating.
The power was lost yesterday afternoon but came back on at around 12.30pm today.
The shops, including Costa Coffee, Santander and Superdrug, had stopped trading.
But Goodacres, on The Precinct, remained open although shoppers and employees were in the dark.
Pat Chance, owner of the shoe shop, said: ‘It has been really bad. We have no electricity and it isn’t making things easy for trade.
‘We were closed yesterday so weren’t aware but it still wasn’t working when we got in this morning.
‘The same happened to us last Friday and we lost power for four hours.’
The power cut meant Goodacre’s tills weren’t working.
Pat added: ‘We are asking customers to go to the banks and draw out cash. We can’t even use the phone.
‘It is not good for the businesses in Waterlooville.’
Southern Electric, who were doing works in the precinct, are currently working to restore all power that has been lost over the Christmas period.
In the south, there are currently 1,800 homes without power.
Director of distribution, Stuart Hogarth, said: ‘We would like to thank customers for their continued patience while our teams continue their work in these areas where homes are still without electricity.
‘We are confident that electricity will be restored to these homes today and we will not stop working until every customer is reconnected. ‘Conditions continue to be challenging for our teams, particularly in areas where flooding makes access difficult.’