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Thursday 25 December 2014

Up to 30,000 homes still without electricity

The school bus which crashed at a bridge on the A73 near Wiston in Scotland.  March 31, 2010.
The school bus which crashed at a bridge on the A73 near Wiston in Scotland. March 31, 2010.
The school bus which crashed at a bridge on the A73 near Wiston in Scotland. March 31, 2010.
Police on board the crashed school bus after it was recovered from the crash site at a bridge on the A73 near Wiston in Scotland. March 31, 2010.
Natasha Paton, 17, who was killed when her coach bound for the Alton Towers theme park plunged 10ft into a stream during a snowstorm in Wiston in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre
A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West. 30.3.10
Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10
The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather
Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland. The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010
Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10
A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
Heavy rain and wind in Belfast
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
my back garden. By Brendan Donaghy
Cregagh Glen Belfast. By Peter Forster, Belfast
Lack , Co Fermanagh. By Doreen Gibson
Lough Neagh, Alan, Daniel and Aaron Monaghan, Maghery
THE TREE. By Moyaleen By William Pullins
Moira Demesne. By Peter B Waddell
Snow in Lurgan Park. By Margaret Taylor
Maghery, River Blackwater
ross , and alfie the snowman. By ross clarke
The Frozen River Bann in Portadown. By Gary English, Portadown
Rear of Armagh Cathedral in the early evening. By Gary English, Portadown
granny's house in the snow, magheranappin co donegal
My back garden. By Brenda Lennon, Munster, Germany
Frozen lakeside at Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Brownlow House, from Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Henry in snow!!By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Hazy Shade of Winter, Lagan Meadows. By Gavin Sloan
Shaws Bridge. By Tara, west Belfast.
River Foyle from Bay Park. By Pat Devine Derry City
Scots Pine, Ballinderry. By Peter B Waddell
Topiary, Nutts Corner. By Peter B Waddell
Cavehill. By Philip McCloy
Cavehill Robin. By Philip McCloy
Towards Silent Valley. By N Walker, Belfast
This is what I call a snow man, taken just before Moira roundabout. By Gillian Musgrave
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By Audrey Matchett
Frozen Beauty, Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
Lone walker at Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
River lagan at Drumbeg. By Peter Breene
Whitewater River, Kilkeel
Frozen Lough, Temple Co Down. By Iain Gregory
River Foyle, Derry. Photo by John Gallagher
Keeping the road clear at Spelga Dam. By Robert in Kilkeel
Spelga Dam in a snow shower. By Robert in Kilkeel
Slippy. By Chris O'Neill, Lagan belfast
no sailing. By Chris O'Neill Belfast
Noleen Cartmill & daughter Katie enjoy the slopes at Spelga Dam
The McCauley family from Rathfriland share the snowy slopes at Spelga Pass
A Frozen Lagan, Ormeau Bridge, Belfast
Scrabo Hill. By Jim Devlin Dundonald
A Robin on Slieve Donard. By Damien Conway, Belfast
MOSSLEY MILL POND. By ROY ORR MOSSLEY
The Water Hole/ The dam at the back of the Valley Leisure centre Newtownabbey. By Philip Mccloy
mournes..towards silent valley. By n.walker/belfast
Hazy Shade of Winter. By Gavin Sloan Lagan Meadows
Minnowburn Beeches. By Jayne Gregory Lagan Valley
An apple a day. By N Walker, Belfast
Redbreast, River Lagan. By B Maguire
Victoria Park, Belfast. By Glen Dunwoody, Belfast
High and dry. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Lovers Lane, Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Belvoir forest park on 9th January, by Clare Harvey
Minnowburn Bridge. By Diane McKeaveney
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
Mournes from divis. By n.walker/belfast
Daniel and Luke Kelly enjoying the snow in Glengormley. By Stephen Kelly
Snow shapes in the Mournes. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Ollie in his first snow. By Ruth M.McKinley, Portadwon
Winter visitor to my back garden. Almost fell down trying to get my camera. By Martin in Banbridge
Two little visitors. By Thomas Braniff, Ballymena
Doing the post in Carryduff. By Liam Mackel, Belfast
Twirly Whirly. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Riverside Park. By Andy, Ballymoney
Snowy days: Matthew and Owen Irvine , Maghaberry
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Frozen pampas grass in Botanic Gardens. By Feldore McHugh, Belfast
Zara, Lewis & Dylan with mum at Lurgan Park. By Gareth Crooks
Frozen playhouse. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Grandson Caleb Patterson braving the slippery conditions to post some letters. By William McVeigh, Comber
National University of Ireland, Maynooth campus. By Helen McVeigh, Belfast
Ice on the River Bann near Coleraine. By K Rowland, Kilrea
Ice flows at Craigavon Bridge. By Alfie McAleer, Derry
Hikers along the Mournes Wall. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Mournes in January. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Royal Portrush frozen 3rd green. By Andy, Ballymoney
River Lagan. By B Maguire
John Mitchell, Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
High Mournes over Silent Valley to the Irish sea. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Frozen Lagan at Ormeau Bridge. By Philip McErlean
Victoria Park. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frost on tree branches. By Rach Co Down
Frozen River in Dunmurry. By Tierna Magee, Belfast
Snow over Belfast. By Lisa Kyle
CEF in the snow. By Lisa Kyle
Robin in cold snap. By Jeffrey Bingham, Banbridge
Tree at Lower Ballinderry. By George Glover
Cascum Road, Banbridge at sunset. By Gordon Mc Clintock, Banbridge.
Fat Robin. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frances Wilson on skis in Springwell Forest near Coleraine. By Peter Wilson, Portstewart
Waterworks Park. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by Jo Maguire, Lambeg
Missy on Ice. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Ballougry Road, County Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Overlooking the Minnowburn Beeches. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
At the rose garden over looking Malone House. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Anna and Amy Smith on the ice at the Waterworks. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hoarfrost on hogweed at River Bann at Gilford, County Down. Submitted by Ken Stewart. Lurgan
At the giants ring. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Under the Minnowburn Bridge. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Tildarg from Collin Mountain. Submitted by William McCullough, Glenwherry
While in our car. Coleraine Mountain Rd, Londonderry
A robin in the winter sun. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Strabane Lifford border. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Banks of the River Foyle. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Feed our feathered friends. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
The best way to keep warm. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Foyle Railway, Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
The Bann Bridge, Kilrea. Submitted by Brendan McAllister, Kilrea
The black bird has a rest. Submitted by Chrissie Carson, Dundrod
A tree on Lagan Tow Path, Lisburn. Submitted by Gary Boal
River Lagan. Submitted by Ivor Bradley, Belfast
Caption: Eoghan and Ronan, Cregagh Glen, Submitted by Bob McKeown, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Swans and ducks in Enniskillen, Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. Submitted by Trevor Woods
Mist rises over the hills of Dromara on Christmas morning. By Emma Bell, Dromore
Breathtaking views on a crisp Sunday walk at Murlough Bay (Jan 3rd). By Emma Bell, Dromore
Robin enjoying some hot porridge on a cold Christmas morning in Dromore. By Emma Bell, Dromore
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
Winter Landscape Glenravel County Antrim. By Donal O'Callaghan, Glenravel
This photograph was taken near Spelga. By Rosemary Cunningham driving to Hilltown
snow on barbed wire. By Rosemary Cunningham Spelga
Snow in the Kingdom, Co Kerry. By Éamonn ÓCeallaigh
Robin. By Paul Fryer Belfast
Looking over Belfast Lough from Loughshore Park
Looking towards Whiteabbey from Hazelbank Park
Loughshore Park looking towards Hazelbank Park, Whiteabbey
Ben, Christmas Day
The gorgeous Lime Tree Walk at the Argory in Co Armagh. By Julieann Graham The Birches
Frozen Tree. Wooden it be ice.Gransha Comber
River Lagan. By Trevor Woods
Snow on the holly. By Willie Robb Eglinton
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. By Trevor Woods
A cold canter. By Alex Maskey, Forkhill, Sth Armagh
Tí Chuilin Centre, Sth Armagh. By Alex Maskey
Winter in the Mournes. By David Craig, Dundonald
Winter on the top of Slieve Donard. By David Craig, Dundonald
Ice on the lagan. By David Rainey
The Dark Hedges, Stranocum, Xmas Day 2009. By Stephen Thompson
Snow scenes in Co Armagh. By Alan Hopps, Markethill
Glens of Antrim. By Francis Peacocke
Golden light Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Abandoned house Glenariff. By Francis Peacocke
Slemish mountain. By Francis Peacocke
Antrim hills. By Francis Peacocke
Sheep lying low - Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Frosty Botanic Gardens, Belfast. By Brian Hamilton
Andrew and Hannah. By Colin McAuley, Lisburn
Robin Near Newforge Lane. By Don Anderson, Belfast
Sheep orange hill tobermore. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore.
No chance of fly fishing at Hillsborough lake!. By Ali Boyd, Hillsborough
Slieve Croob. By Toby McBrien
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black

Up to 30,000 homes remained without power last night after one of the worst storms ever to hit Northern Ireland.

An estimated 100,000 premises suffered power cuts over the ‘24 hours from hell’, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said.

And in Scotland the town of of Cleghorn, South Lanarkshire, was mourning the death of a schoolgirl killed in a coach crash amid “horrendous” weather conditions were last night astounded that the bus had been allowed to travel.

Natasha Paton (17) died as a coach plunged off an icy bridge during a snowstorm and into a river, throwing the girl from the vehicle and coming to rest on top of her.



Northern Ireland Electricity revealed that it had been forced to bring in more than 150 engineers from the Republic and Britain after electricity poles were smashed “like matchsticks” under the weight of the snow. Large areas of counties Tyrone, Londonderry and Antrim were lashed by blizzards, heavy rain and winds on Tuesday night.

NIE said last night: “Damage to the network remains extensive with hundreds of faults still to be dealt with. The worst affected areas remain Omagh, Londonderry, Coleraine and Ballymoney. In those areas restoration of supplies is likely to take days.

“Northern Ireland Electricity has deployed all available resources on fault location and repairs. Around 70 additional fault repair contractors have been brought in from the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

“Almost 100 other engineers and linesmen will be travelling tonight and will be ready to start work tomorrow morning.”

NIE warned that some homes could remain cut off for days, following the ice storm.

“The last time we had an ice storm in Northern Ireland was 10 years ago and it was concentrated in the Downpatrick area. This went right across Northern Ireland so it was on a whole different scale. This was the worst we have ever experienced,” spokeswoman Sara McClintock said.

Up to 300 people were rescued from the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday night after snowdrifts of up to a metre deep overwhelmed vehicles. Police, coastguard, mountain rescue crews from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, plus roads service staff from the Department of Environment launched a joint operation, moving motorists and passengers to a leisure centre in Limavady.

The Met Office issued a further severe weather warning for last night into today, although not as high an alert as the previous 24 hours. Members of the public were warned to take care and consult Traffic Watch for further advice on road conditions.

“Widespread ice is likely to form on untreated roads and pavements, especially where showers have recently fallen,” the Met Office said.

A series of roads remained closed last night due to extreme weather conditions, including the A20 at Greyabbey; the A43 Glenariff Road (Waterfoot) and B14 Ballyeomon Road (Cushendall); the B69 Barnailt Road between Claudy and Limavady; the Murley Road between Fivemiletown and Fintona; B47 Glenelly Road between Plumbridge and Draperstown beyond Cranagh village; and Glenedra Road at Altinure towards Draperstown.

Roads Service manager Colin Brown said: “The weather last night across Northern Ireland was unprecedented in my experience.

“Nonetheless, in Roads Service we have been out all night and continue to do so.”

Last night, Belfast International Airport said flights are now largely operating to schedule.

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