Belfast Telegraph

Power restored in storm-hit homes

Hundreds of homes in Northern Ireland hit by power failures in the wake of heavy storms have had their supplies restored.

A maximum of 6,000 homes lost power during the 70mph winds, with hundreds still affected on Friday morning.

The worst-hit areas were counties Fermanagh, Tyrone and Londonderry, but NIE said hundreds of staff worked through the night to repair damage.

Sara McClintock, NIE communications manager, said: "Network damage was widespread throughout Northern Ireland although we saw a distinct rise in faults in the Fermanagh and Tyrone areas around tea time.

"Severe gusts also seemed to affect the Lagan Valley as there were a number of large faults around the Dunmurry and Lisburn areas."

After supplies were restored, Ms McClintock said: "We worked closely with the Met Office over the last two days and were able to plan ahead and resource all twelve of our local incident centres in preparation for the storm to hit. We had all engineers, repair teams and support staff in place by 1500 on Thursday.

"Many crews worked on faults throughout the night. In areas such as Dungannon and Newcastle where considerable tree cutting and line reconstruction had to be carried out, for safety reasons teams started work at first light."


From Belfast Telegraph