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NIE Networks prepares for Storm Ophelia

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Following the weather forecast for severe gales with gusts of up to 80mph this afternoon, Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) has warned of a possibility of damage to the electricity network, especially in exposed and coastal locations.

NIE Networks has initiated an escalation plan and has emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on stand-by.

A spokesperson said “We would like to remind customers that if they do lose electricity supplies they should report the fault online or call the NIE Networks Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643. Customers can also follow us on Twitter @NIElectricity for regular updates.”

Sara McClintock, NIE Networks Communications Manager, says: “We have been liaising with the Met Office over the weekend, putting our emergency crews, engineers and local incident centre staff on standby. If there is any damage to our network from severe weather, we are prepared and we’ll be doing all we can to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

“We are particularly keen to stress our regular safety message that on no account should anyone ever approach a broken pole or electricity line. Keep away and report the damage immediately to NIE Networks on 03457 643 643.”

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