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Eleanor batters Ireland…

Eleanor batters Ireland… 5 January 2018

Storm Eleanor has battered the island of Ireland, as winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour caused flooding, travel disruption and damage to buildings (via BBC News)

The wind ripped off part of the roof of a building owned by the Harland and Wolff firm in east Belfast and fallen trees have blocked several roads.

More than 25,000 NI customers lost their power supply.

Power has now been restored to most of them, with fewer than 1,000 homes still without electricity.

In Derry/Londonderry, the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge and the Duke Street underpass were closed most of the day because of flooding, but have now reopened.

“The damage has been widespread along the southern counties with lines brought down by falling trees and poles broken by the high winds,” said its communications manager, Julia Carson.

“We have been working in difficult conditions since last night to restore power to over 25,000 customers and we’ll continue to respond to reports of damage and reconnect supplies as quickly and safely as possible.”

NIE Networks has sent emergency crews from counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Londonderry to assist with repairs in the south and east of Northern Ireland.

“We may have to take customers off supply during the day to facilitate repairs but we are focused on restoring the majority of customers by tonight,” Ms Carson added.

Read more via BBC News…