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Storm Doris leaves hundreds without power in Northern Ireland as clean up operations get underway - travel alerts, rain and snow warnings

Storm Doris, as predicted, has caused major disruption across parts of Northern Ireland with some 22,500 homes and businesses hit with power cuts.

NIE Networks said there are currently less than 500 homes and businesses affected.

The key areas affected are Counties Fermanagh, Armagh and Down with the Newcastle, Kilkeel and Rostrevor areas with the highest number of faults.

Sara McClintock, NIE Networks’ Communications, said: "We now have plans in place to restore power to all customers affected by Storm Doris’ strong winds this morning. Power will be restored tonight or the early hours of tomorrow morning for some small, isolated pockets of customers.

"Customers can call our helpline on 03457 643 643, visit our website – nienetworks.co.uk – or follow us on Twitter @NIElectricity for more updates on their individual faults."

A Met Office yellow warning is in place for gusts of wind up to 80mph, heavy rain and possibly snow. There is also an ice warning in place until Friday morning.

Across Northern Ireland there has been delays to the morning commute with reports of tress down in numerous areas.

An 87mph gust was recorded at Mace Head on the Galway coast in the Republic of Ireland in the early hours as Doris made its way east.

 

Aer Lingus cancelled 12 flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in anticipation of the winds and Heathrow Airport warned customers to check their flights before travelling.

There has been minimal disruption at Northern Ireland airports. Travellers are advised to check with their airport ahead of setting off.

While filming on the cobbled streets of Coronation Street in Manchester was also disrupted.

NIE is also reminding customers:

  • To never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away - report damage to NIE Networks on 03457 643 643 and listen to recorded messages carefully
     
  • If you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoning
     
  • Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost
     
  • Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored
     
  • Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames
     
  • Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries
     
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters

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A spell of heavy rain will affect Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and parts of northern England on Thursday morning, falling as snow over some of the higher ground.

"We have got a fairly active area of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic," said Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples.

"It is strengthening as it moves eastwards to the UK," she added.

Storm Doris is expected to move on quickly, with the worst of the weather gone by Thursday evening.

While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.

Storms with the potential to cause substantial impact are named by the Met Office and Met Eireann, moving through the alphabet.

The first was named Abigail in November 2015, after members of the public suggested monikers for the "name our storms" project.

The forecasters are now in their second run of the alphabet - after Doris, Britons can expect to hear of Storms Ewan, Fleur and Gabriel.

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