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Thursday 30 October 2014

Northern Ireland picking up the pieces in wake of big storm

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 24th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ - Clean up after yesterdays strong winds which hit parts of Northern Ireland. Tree surgeons work at clearing a tree which fell on a house on the Dunadry Road, Dunadry, Co. Antrim.
Tree surgeons work at clearing a tree which fell on a house on the Dunadry Road in Dunadry, Co Antrim

Homeowners were picking up the pieces yesterday after the gale force winds that battered Northern Ireland.

Winds of over 70mph were recorded in some areas as the unseasonal weather swept in from the Atlantic on Monday.

One lucky Co Antrim homeowner escaped with his life after a tree crashed into his home at Dunadry.

Throughout the day dozens of roads across Northern Ireland were also blocked by fallen trees and branches that collapsed under the weight of their leaves and the gusting wind.

Transport was hit as trains and ferries were cancelled and the Giant’s Causeway was closed to tourists for a time as a precaution.

Last night 1,500 homes in the Coleraine and Ballymena districts were still without power as engineers struggled to replace downed power lines and poles.

Julia Carson, NIE communications manager, said: “The restoration process has been steady throughout the day and we are working to restore the last 1,500 customers.

“We are doing everything we can to get everyone back on supply as quickly and safely as possible.

Met Office forecaster Barry Gromett says the worst of the bad weather is over.

He said: “We will have more winds today associated with an area of low pressure but nothing of the scale of this week’s wind, but there’s still the potential for 40mph gusts.”

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