Gales 'may damage electricity network'

Published Wednesday, 04 December 2013
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Northern Ireland Electricity has warned that winds of up to 70mph could damage the power network on Thursday.

Gales 'may damage electricity network'
Gales will be particularly severe near coastal areas. (© Getty)

The company has launched an "escalation plan" after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for gales, with emergency crews, engineers and call handlers already on stand-by.

NIE said "exposed northern areas" are most likely to be affected.

A statement went on to explain: "Following the severe weather forecast, winds of up to 70mph on Thursday 5 December, Northern Ireland Electricity has warned of a possibility of damage to the electricity network, especially in exposed northern locations. NIE has initiated an escalation plan and has emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on stand-by.

"We would like to remind customers that if they do lose electricity supplies they should contact the NIE Customer Helpline on 08457 643 643 or report the fault online at nie.co.uk. Customers can also follow us on Twitter @NIElectricity for regular updates."

The Met Office expects westerly gales to spread southwards across the UK on Thursday.

The conditions will be particularly extreme near coasts, where severe gales are expected.

Temperatures will drop to around 5C as the cold north-westerly winds sweep across the region, meaning there could be sleet showers which turn to snow.

"The public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption, particularly to transport," a Met Office spokesperson explained.

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roberta lockhart in lisburn wrote (136 days ago):
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