AROUND £1.8 million is to be spent on improvements to the Isle of Wight’s electricity network to make sure it can cope with harsh winter conditions.
Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) has already installed circuit breakers to make it easier to restore power after cuts and a further 20 are due to be in place by the end of March.
A spokesman said: "Ryde depot has also taken delivery of a new all-terrain 4x4 vehicle so staff can reach difficult to access sites in bad weather.
"Engineers, based in Ryde are now putting plans into place to make sure if blizzards, storms or flooding hit the south and cause power cuts, electricity supplies will be restored as quickly and as safely as possible to homes and businesses."
"As winter approaches, SEPD is ramping up its contingency plans to make sure the lights stay on across the Isle of Wight if severe weather hits the local electricity network."
Customers affected by power cuts, or who spot potentially hazardous situations, during severe weather can contact a 24-hour emergency line on 08000 72 72 82.