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The A30 Glenavy Road was closed due to a fallen tree caused by strong winds.
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

The A30 Glenavy Road was closed due to a fallen tree caused by strong winds. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Philip Magowan

Strong winds have brought trees down on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Strong winds have brought trees down on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Philip Magowan

Strong winds have brought trees down on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Strong winds have brought trees down on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Philip Magowan

Damage caused to power lines by Storm Hector / Credit: NIE

Damage caused to power lines by Storm Hector / Credit: NIE

Damage caused to power lines by Storm Hector / Credit: NIE

Damage caused to power lines by Storm Hector / Credit: NIE

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The A30 Glenavy Road was closed due to a fallen tree caused by strong winds. PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th June 2018

Only a small number of homes and businesses remain without power as Northern Ireland recovers from the impact of Storm Hector.

Gusts of around 70mph hit the province, with wind speeds in Belfast reaching 60mph.

The Met Office had an amber weather warning in place overnight and a yellow weather warning in place until 3pm.

Emergency crews from NIE Networks have restored power to around 26,000 customers across Northern Ireland, tackling more than 300 incidences of weather-related damage to its power network.

A small number of homes and businesses remain without power following Storm Hector but we anticipate all remaining customers will have power restored tonight.

Edel Creery, Head of Communications at NIE Networks said, “We are grateful for the patience of all of the customers who lost power due to Storm Hector. The severity and intensity of the storm gusts, caused considerable damage to the electricity network and left us with almost 600 faults which were time consuming and labour intensive to repair."

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