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National Grid to submit interim report on major power cut today

ByRebecca Tuffin

National Grid has until the end of today to submit an interim report on last Friday's major power cut.

Nearly a million homes were affected by the "unprecedented power outages", including large parts of Kent.

Traffic lights stopped working, rail commuters faced huge delays, and a Medway shopping centre was evacuated.

Shoppers and gym goers standing outside the Dockside Outlet after the power cut
Shoppers and gym goers standing outside the Dockside Outlet after the power cut

The power cut also affected London and large parts of the South East region.

National Grid has said the problem was caused by issues with two power generators, which failed for around an hour.

Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng has apologised for what happened and admitted it was "unacceptable".

While the interim report is due today, a full report is expected by September 6.

The energy company has since issued a preliminary report blaming a lightning strike for the massive power cut, leading Ofgem to launch an investigation.

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