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Storm Doris uproots tree at Game of Thrones Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

A landmark tree-lined avenue made famous by hit fantasy TV drama Game Of Thrones has been damaged in Storm Doris.

One of the beech trees that make up the spectacular Dark Hedges in Co Antrim has fallen victim to high winds that have battered Northern Ireland.

The avenue is one the region's top tourist attractions, with Game of Thrones fans from all over the world travelling to the location to get a picture in front of the haunting backdrop.

Work was already under way yesterday to remove the fallen tree, which had blocked the road.

The Dark Hedges and other locations featured in the series have seen visitor numbers surge due to the growing popularity of Game Of Thrones-themed tourist tours.

The tree was one of many to fall across Northern Ireland during Storm Doris.

Traffic has been disrupted in a number of areas, with thousands of homes also left without electricity.

NIE workers were last night still working to restore power to the Northern Ireland homes which had lost supply due to the ravages of Storm Doris.

More than 24,000 homes suffered power cuts in the storm, but by yesterday evening NIE Networks said that just 500 homes and businesses still remained without power.

Counties Fermanagh, Armagh and Down were all badly affected, with the Newcastle, Kilkeel and Rostrevor areas suffering the highest number of faults. NIE Networks spokeswoman Sara McClintock, 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."

Storm Doris caused havoc across the UK, claiming its first victim after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof the "size of a coffee table".

The pedestrian was confirmed dead at the scene in Wolverhampton city centre after suffering "very serious head injuries", West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Meanwhile, a man in central London was taken to hospital yesterday with "head injuries" after Scotland Yard said they were called over reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building".

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