Storm-hit homes reconnected overnight

Published Friday, 06 December 2013
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Northern Ireland Electricity engineers and emergency crews have restored power to over 1,000 homes which were still cut off overnight – after gales affected tens of thousands of homes on Thursday.

Storm-hit homes reconnected overnight
Stormy Winds hit Larne on the East Coast in Co Antrim. (© Pacemaker)

Less than 20 homes remained without electricity on Friday morning and work is continuing to complete all repairs.

Gales of 70mph battered the region, damaging the electricity network and causing roads to close due to fallen trees.

"We've restored over 30,000 customers since the severe weather swept across Northern Ireland yesterday morning, and that work will continue today to restore electricity to small pockets of customers in isolated areas," Julia Carson, NIE Communications Manager explained.

"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."

Storm-force winds of over 100mph were recorded in parts of the UK and thousands of people were evacuated overnight in England as the worst tidal surge in 60 years hit the east coast of Great Britain.

One man died after he was struck by a falling tree in a park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and a lorry driver was killed when his HGV toppled on to a number of cars in West Lothian, Scotland.

Friday's weather will be much calmer in Northern Ireland with some outbreaks of light and patchy rain and some hill snow.

© UTV News
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