THOUSANDS of homes were left without any power this morning.
Some 8,500 properties in Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport and Fareham were left without electricity for ten minutes because of a fault.
Jack Wilcock, chairman of Bembridge Lodge Residents’ Company Limited, in Marine Parade East, thought that his fuse box had tripped when his kitchen light went off.
Mr Wilcock said: ‘At first I thought the bulb had gone out so I was going to go and get a new one.
‘My wife then came out telling me that the television had gone off, so I thought that it was the fuse.
‘When I went out to check the box, one of my neighbours was doing the same and asked me if I had no power either, so I checked the communal box.
‘It was quite confusing for us and there are a lot of elderly residents who live here. One woman is 90 and has no window in her bathroom - she was having a wash when the electricity went down.
‘When I rang Southern Electric, they said that 8,000 homes were affected.’
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks confirmed that 8,500 homes were without electricity for just under 10 minutes at 8.01am this morning and the problem is being dealt with promptly.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘We would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience as our engineers worked to restore their power as quickly and as safely as possible.
‘The cause of this fault is currently under investigation.’