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Storm Gertrude rips down trees at Game of Thrones' Dark Hedges

Strong winds brought down trees at the famous Co Antrim landmark.

Image: Darren McNaughton

BEECH TREES AT the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones, have been ripped down overnight by Storm Gertrude.

The Co Antrim avenue – which has become a popular tourist destination after featuring in the second season of the HBO show – was closed off after uprooted trees blocked the route.

The rural road is a stop on a number of location tours catering to fans of the series.

The fallen trees date back to the late 18th century and lead up to Georgian mansion Gracehill House.

Strong winds have also damaged electricity lines across Northern Ireland, causing widespread power cuts.

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks said its emergency crews are responding to over 170 incidents of damage disrupting supply to more than 4,000 homes and businesses.

In the Republic, meanwhile, over 5,000 properties are still without power following the storm.

A Met Éireann wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo is in effect until 3pm.

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