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Helicopters deployed to help restore power to Northern Ireland following Storm Ali

A helicopter is being deployed to help restore power to 9,500 Northern Ireland homes and businesses who are still without power after Storm Ali caused widespread disruption on Wednesday.

The helicopter will be used to survey harder to reach parts of the electricity network.

Following extreme winds Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) have now restored electricity to over 80,000 properties.

Electricity network faults remain widespread and some of the more significant areas affected include Portglenone, Magherafelt, Draperstown, Keady, Craigavon, Lurgan, Newtownbutler, Tamlaght, Waringstown and Mullaghbawn.

All NIE Networks Local Incident Centres have been open from first light to assess and deploy teams and resources to where they are most needed.

A spokesperson for NIE Networks said the helicopter would help restore power quickly.

“Helicopters help us to survey large parts of the country quickly, assess network damage in hard to reach areas and support the Local Incident Teams to effectively deploy all of the additional resources that our supporting our restoration efforts,” the spokesperson said.

“As repairs continue this morning some customers may find their electricity is interrupted for a short time to allow us to re-energise neighbouring customers.”

Additional contact agents have also been brought in to respond to customer enquiries. Customers can contact NIE Networks online, over the phone or on social media.

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