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Storm Gertrude damages electricity network – 8am update

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NIE Networks emergency crews have restored power to around 10,000 customers across Northern Ireland following the severe gales with gusts of up to 70 mph, which swept across Northern Ireland during the night.

3000 customers are currently without power.
Damage includes trees down across powerlines and broken electricity poles, and the Met Office weather warning for high winds and heavy rain remains in place throughout Friday, with the worst of the winds abating this morning.

NIE Networks has opened its main Incident Centre in Craigavon, as well as local escalation bases. NIE Networks emergency crews and engineers are working to restore power to the worst affected areas Counties Tyrone, Derry/Londonderry and Antrim.

Julia Carson, NIE Networks Communications Manager said, “We were in regular contact with the Met Office and had mobilised NIE Networks emergency crews, engineers and call handlers in preparation for any damage the severe weather may cause. We have already restored power to 2000 customers overnight and are continuing to assess the damage and carry out repairs.

“As the weather conditions are set to continue over the next few hours, there may be some areas where we will need to wait for the high winds to abate to allow our emergency crews to work safely.

“We would like to remind customers that if they do lose electricity supplies they should report the fault online at nienetworks.co.uk or call our Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643. Put safety first and if you do see any trees down across powerlines or broken electricity poles, keep away and call NIE Networks immediately.

Keep an eye on Twitter @NIElectricity for further updates.”

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