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Weather updates: 4,000 Northern Ireland homes without power as Storm Hector sweeps through

Around 4,000 homes are still 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 has a yellow weather warning remaining in place until 3pm, and has cautioned there is still a small chance of longer journey times and cancellation of road, rail, air, and ferry services.

There is also a slight chance of damage to buildings.

Conditions are expected to ease later in the afternoon.

Emergency crews from NIE Networks have restored power to around 19,000 customers across Northern Ireland, tackling more than 300 incidences of weather-related damage to its power network.

Head of communications for the power supplier said: "We have been working in difficult conditions throughout the night to restore power to customers and we’ll continue to respond to reports of damage and reconnect supplies as quickly and safely as possible.  Our main incident centre in Craigavon and Local Incident Centres in Northern Ireland are open and will co-ordinate the local repair process until all customers are back on supply."

Transport delays and road closures remain in place across the province:

  • Ferry sailings from Rathlin Island and Ballycastle have been cancelled.
  • The A30 Glenavy Road between Hungry House Lane and Whinney Hill remains closed due to a fallen tree and utility pole, with diversions in place. 
  • North Down - Bangor - Rathgael Road remains closed due to a fallen tree / powerline
  • Tullycullon Road (Dungannon Area) closed due to a fallen tree between Doanghamore and A29 Cookstown Road
  • Moyallan Rd, Gilford – Road Closed fallen tree
  • Silverwood Rd, Lurgan – Road partially blocked

The customer contact line for NIE is 03457 643 643, and anyone who sees a downed power line is advised to stay away and contact NIE Networks.

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