Finland: 35,000 people without power in Arctic town

(Derrick Frilund / Yle)
(Derrick Frilund / Yle)
Intense thunderstorms on Monday caused power outages to thousands of homes, with energy companies in eastern Finland reporting that many homes are still waiting for repairs to be completed on Tuesday morning.

Around 2,000 households are still without electricity following a series of raging thunderstorms on Monday.

Electricity firm Savon Voima say 1,800 of their customers across eastern Finland remain without power, while a further 200 homes in Savonlinna are also waiting to be reconnected, according to Järvi-Suomen Energia.

Other power companies say damage to lines across the rest of the country has now been fixed, and electricity restored to homes.

Intense storms on Monday caused power outages to thousands of homes across Finland, with eastern Finland and Lapland being the worst hit.

The widest power cut occurred in the northern town of Rovaniemi, when lightning strikes brought down an electrical substation serving the whole area, cutting power to 35,000 energy customers.

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Finland: Migrating swans causing power cuts in Finland, Yle News

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