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Storm Callum updates: Around 150 remain without power in Northern Ireland

Strong winds reported in Co Down

Surfers in rough seas below Dunluce Castle near Portrush, Co-Antrim, as coastal areas of Northern Ireland await the arrival of Storm Callum. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Surfers in rough seas below Dunluce Castle near Portrush, Co-Antrim, as coastal areas of Northern Ireland await the arrival of Storm Callum. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Fallen trees were blocking the Tassagh Road in Keady in County Armagh and the Scarva Road heading out of Gilford in County Down, while a tree has also came down on the road at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast / Credit: Pacemaker
Fallen trees were blocking the Tassagh Road in Keady in County Armagh and the Scarva Road heading out of Gilford in County Down, while a tree has also came down on the road at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast / Credit: Pacemaker
Fallen trees were blocking the Tassagh Road in Keady in County Armagh and the Scarva Road heading out of Gilford in County Down, while a tree has also came down on the road at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast / Credit: Pacemaker
Surfers in rough seas below Dunluce Castle near Portrush, Co-Antrim, as coastal areas of N-Ireland await the arrival of Storm Callum. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 11-10-2018
Fallen trees were blocking the Tassagh Road in Keady in County Armagh and the Scarva Road heading out of Gilford in County Down, while a tree has also came down on the road at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast / Credit: Pacemaker
The waves crash over Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man watches the waves at Blackrock swimming point in Salthill, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man stands on Blackrock swimming tower in Salthill, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People avoid the waves on Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man avoids the waves at Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People avoid the waves on Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People avoid the waves on Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man gets caught by a wave Blackrock swimming point in Salthill, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A man sits on Blackrock swimming tower in Salthill, Co Galway during Storm Callum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Callum Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Around 150 homes and businesses were still without power on Friday afternoon due to the damage caused by Storm Callum.

Power supplier NIE Networks has been working since early this morning to restore power across the province, with outages now mostly only in the south east of the province.

A spokesperson from NIE Networks said: “We are continuing to liaise with the Met Office and to monitor the passage of Storm Callum.

“As always, we would remind customers to keep safe and never approach fallen overhead power lines. Customers can contact us on the phone 03457 643643 or online at nienetworks.co.uk.”

While a yellow warning for wind remains in place until midnight tonight, conditions have calmed down in many places.

The weather has caused problems for a number of businesses and events in Northern Ireland.

A Northern Ireland hotel has also been badly damaged by Storm Callum.

On Friday morning Walsh's Hotel in Maghera posted a video of water pouring through the roof and into a hallway.

The video appears under the caption: "Local News !..Storm Callum gives our guests an early shower."

Local News !..Storm Callum gives our guests an early shower 🌧⛈.. don’t worry, we’re still open for business and repairs are under way 😁

Posted by Walsh's Hotel on Friday, October 12, 2018

A representative for the hotel told the Belfast Telegraph it was still open and had the situation under control.

The Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival, which had been due to take place on Saturday in Ballyclare, has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

In a statement on Friday, the festival organisers said: "Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Randox NI Potato Festival scheduled for tomorrow ( Sat 13th October) due to adverse weather conditions.  

"Weather conditions today have left us unable to build the marquees that were required for tomorrows event.      

"We are very sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience caused to everyone that was looking forward to the festival.  

"The Community Event in the Causeway Hotel Tonight from 7-9pm will still be taking place as planned."

Set in the surrounds of the Giants Causeway, and had been due to host an artisan market and a number of cooking displays.

Flights have been affected from Belfast International and Belfast City airports. All Flybe flights have been cancelled up to 9.30am and around 25 Aer Lingus flights with travellers advised to contact their airline before departure.

Translink has warned of disruption and speed restrictions across its network. Due to poor road conditions the Belfast Glider service may also be affected.

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NIE are dealing with thousands of power cuts on Friday morning, with the south east particularly affected / Credit: NIE

In the Republic the power supplier has said around 30,000 customers have been cut off.

Murlough Beach, Co Down submitted by Barracuda Flack.
Murlough Beach, Co Down submitted by Barracuda Flack.
Long exposures at Holywood pier in Belfast submitted by David Kerr
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge from Portaneevy carpark County Antrim. Submitted by Paul McAllister. Oct 2017
Submitted by Victor Ince
Scrabo Tower by Jack Alexander (JCA Images)
Killyleagh submitted by Lee Montgomery
Strangford Lough at sunset picturing Scrabo Tower in Newtownards, taken on a drone. Submitted by Richard Webber.
Glenoe waterfall submitted by Ralph McCullough.
Portrush harbour lifeboat submitted by Mark Cowan
Sunrise at Crossnacreevy, Belfast submitted by Brian Watt.
Autumn sunset Portaferry Sept 2017 - by Kevin Gallagher
Sunrise over the Sixmilewater Valley Ballyclare submitted by Stephen Deyermond
My other half and I took this picture of our hometown of Whitehead - we love this place- definitely our favourite Ulster beauty spot! Penelope Darragh
My other half and I took this picture of our hometown of Whitehead - we love this place- definitely our favourite Ulster beauty spot! Penelope Darragh
Kiltonga Duck Pond (Newtownards) submitted by Caroline Corken.
Submitted by Paul Gallagher.
Rough Island (Island Hill, Comber) submitted by Caroline Corken.
Whitehead submitted by Penelope Darragh.
Lake at Dungloe, Donegal. Submitted by Robert McGlaughlin
View from Glenariff Forest - Submitted by Craig McKee Autumn 2017
Dunluce Castle submitted by Craig McKee.
Whiterocks sunset Portrush 2017 submitted by Jonathan Leathem
Hay-baling at Mussenden submitted by Jen Dickson.
Earthy colours at The Giants Ring submitted by Jen Dickson.
Dundrum Bay, taken 18/09/2017 by Michael Fee
Giants Causeway Cliffs 2017 submitted by Jonathan Leathem
Rocks to the Skerries Portrush 2017 submitted by Jonathan Leathem
Donaghadee - Sept 2017. Submitted by Alan MacArthur
Greyabbey, Co Down. Submitted Sept 2017 by Alan MacArthur
Gail Neill's picture at Ballygally, taken September 2017
Newcastle Harbour September 17 submitted by Aidan Cunningham
I took this lively photo of Dundrum bay 10th September - Donal Fitzpatrick
Picture taken at Jordanstown lough shore, September 2017. Sent in by Valerie Mathews
Islandhill, Comber. Photograph by Tim Gaston
Carrickfergus Castle by Martin Soutar - Carrickfergus Castle
'These photographs were taken during my morning walk on Gibb's Island, Killyleagh, Co Down. It really is a beautiful place' - Pic Laura Skinner
Kircubbin harbour. Photo by Tim Gaston
The Bangor Maritime festival, June 7. Pic Maureen Ross

There has also been reports of tress down and flooding in parts with warnings of hazardous conditions through the day. Police are advising drivers to take care on the roads and exercise caution.

The strongest winds overnight were reported on the Ards peninsula with parts of counties Down, Armagh and parts of Antrim getting the worst.

A Met Office weather warning remains in place until midnight.

Forecasters warned of heavy rain - up to four inches - and potential flooding in the wake of the storm.

"The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves," Met office forecasters said last night.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk."

Northern Ireland's Health and Safety Executive issued guidance to businesses which could be affected by the storm.

The organisation warned of danger from flying debris or falling objects and called on employers to assess the risk from the effect of storm conditions on their work activities, identify hazards and take necessary precautions.

In the Republic, where Storm Callum was set to first make landfall, a national emergency co-ordination group met yesterday for a briefing on the dangers posed by the intense weather system.

Experts from Met Eireann briefed the group on expected weather and warnings in place until this afternoon.

Met Eireann issued Status Orange weather warnings for 13 counties in the Republic - with high winds coinciding with high tides last night.

Twenty-one Aer Lingus flights scheduled to travel to and from Dublin airport today were also cancelled.

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