STORM OPHELIA: NIE teams to work into night to restore customers power

Bryan Strickland
October 18, 2017

The U.K. Met Office has issued amber warnings for winds for Northern Ireland, with a less-severe advisory for parts of Scotland, northeast England and Wales.

Over 50,000 customers have had electricity restored following a Northern Ireland wide effort to fix the damage to the electricity network.

The roof of Douglas Community School's PE hall in Cork was ripped off by the wind.

A video on Twitter shows wind lifting the roof as it crashes up and down. Some 200,000 homes and businesses in the Republic were still without power yesterday. Roches Point in Ireland saw gusts of 97mph. In that area, around 80,000 people remain without water, a number expected to rise. Our crews will continue to work into the evening but due to the extent of the damage, small pockets of customers in the worst affected areas may be without power overnight.

Trees and power lines are down across Kerry and Cork as the storm makes its way across the island of Ireland.

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"This storm is still very active and there are still very unsafe conditions in parts of the country".

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Monday afternoon to offer support.

Mrs May said she was "absolutely clear" that it was in the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland to see a fully functioning executive up and running so that local decisions could be made by local politicians. But it says they are not expected turn the sky red again.

Forecasters warn: "Very strong winds are forecast to affect most western and some central parts of the United Kingdom during Monday".

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