Belfast Telegraph

160 remain without power as Storm Ali clear up continues

Around 160 properties are still without power in Northern Ireland after Storm Ali caused chaos on Wednesday.

Over 90,000 homes were without power during the storm.

Throughout Friday teams and equipment were deployed by NIE Networks from the North and West into the worst hit areas of Mid Ulster and the South East.

Teams are working on the remaining 300 faults. Around half of these affecting single customers.

Two people were killed in the storm, NI Water worker Matt Campbell died when a tree fell on top of him at Slieve Guillion Forest Park, while Swiss holidaymaker Elvira Ferraii was in a caravan blown off a cliff in Co Galway.

A spokesperson for NIE Networks, said, “We are grateful for the patience of all of the customers who lost power due to Storm Ali. The storm’s strong gusts, combined with trees still in leaf, caused considerable damage to the electricity network and left us with faults which were time consuming and labour intensive to repair.

“Our teams will continue to work through the night until the last customer has power restored.”

On Thursday a helicopter was deployed to help restore power by surveying harder to reach parts of the electricity network.

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