The downed pylon which knocked out electricity during the “Wild Wednesday” winds

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STORMY weather saw this pylon knocked on to its side during “Wild Wednesday”.

The electricity tower, which stands in a field a few miles from Houghton, was blown over as gale-force winds swept across Wearside.

Some residents were left without power following the incident.

Engineers from Northern Powergrid have been working to get the pylon upright and back working fully, although bosses have warned members of the public not to approach the structure.

A spokesman for the company said: “Our engineers are continuing to work through the day to restore power to customers still off supply as a result of Wednesday’s night’s conditions.”

The area was just one of those across the country to suffer from the elements this week.

Sunderland’s game against Manchester City on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium was called off just over an hour before it was due to kick-off, after police deemed Manchester city centre “unsafe” because of high winds.

The decision left many Black Cats supporters who had made the trip to the North West furious at the lateness of the call.

One poster on the Ready To Go forum wrote: “So why was the game not called off earlier? I can confirm conditions outside ground were horrendous.”

Forecasters say today’s weather will be mainly dry, but rain, wind and hill snow will spread northwards into the night.