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Watch: Path of Brian as storm to hit Ireland - power restored to Ophelia hit homes in Northern Ireland

Power has been restored to more than 55,000 Northern Ireland homes and businesses following damage due to storm Ophelia - but is Storm Brian about to wreak more havoc?

Storm Ophelia struck on Monday with high winds at speeds of up to 70mph, causing widespread damage with roads blocked by fallen trees and debris.

The electricity network suffered storm damage with trees brought down across overhead lines, broken poles and debris disrupting electricity supplies.

On Friday NIE said that now all power had been restored.

Duty incident manager Rodney Ballentin said they had mobilised emergency crews in preparation of the storm.

He said: “Our local incident centres were escalated from early on Monday with NIE Networks engineers and emergency crews able to get on with the restoration work as soon as the high winds died down and it was safe to begin repairs.

“As the weather front progressed eastwards, we moved emergency crews from the west and the north to aid the repair process in the worst affected areas. Losing electricity supplies can be an unpleasant and frustrating experience, no more welcome to NIE Networks than to our customers, which is why restoring supplies following weather damage is always a priority for us.”

However this weekend is set to bring more treacherous weather as Storm Brian is forecast.

Gusts of between 50mph and 70mph are expected to coincide with high tides across the south of England on Saturday, with the potential to cause treacherous waves in coastal areas.

The second named storm of the season, caused by a 'weather bomb' of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean, may also cause flooding along the coast, the Met Office said.

Northern Ireland could experience gales on Saturday evening along exposed northern coasts.

A yellow warning for rain was in force in Northern Ireland yesterday, and flooding was expected as up to two inches of rain fell across the province.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the worst of the rain and winds were across Northern Ireland last night.

If you do lose electricity supplies you can report a power cut online at nienetworks.co.uk or call 03457 643 643.

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