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Dublin: 22 °C Thursday 24 July, 2014

Homes remain without electricity after high winds batter power lines

More than 1,400 homes in Northern Ireland are without power this evening.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Updated 20.20 pm

ABOUT 600 HOMES in Donegal remain without power after high winds hit power lines overnight and this morning.

Northern Ireland’s electricity network has been damaged following the severe weather today, leaving 1,400 homes without power this evening.

This video shows the scene today in Derry:



(YouTube/john mayr)

ESB Networks say that over 2,500 homes had earlier been affected in Donegal  but repairs have been undertaken throughout the day.

Outages were reported in a number of areas including Ballybofey, Buncrana and at the border near Derry.

Areas in Meath and Dublin had also been affected by outages with around 200 homes in Trim still without power.

Coastal areas in Dublin such as Malahide and East Wall had also experienced problems but power has now been restoredthere.

Information on the specific areas affected can be found at on the ESB’s Power Check website which also gives information on how to report a disruption.

Northern Ireland Electricity say that up to 2,700 of their customers are currently without power with crews responding to over 250 faults on the electricity network across Northern Ireland.

AA Ireland have also warned motorists that strong crosswinds have affected a number of routes.

The N11 Wexford to Dublin Road has reopened northbound at Glen of the Downs following the removal of dangerous trees but traffic restrictions are in place in Wicklow Town due to flooding.

Some flight disruption may be expected this afternoon into and out of Scotland and northern England. Passengers are advised to check with their airline’s website before travelling to the airport.

Met Éireann say that a weather warning remains in place due to gale force winds but that winds should ease throughout the day.

Gusts of up to 120kph were recorded in the north-west of the country overnight with Munster and Leinster experiencing winds winds of up to 110kph.

Additional reporting Christina Finn

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