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Andrew Hagan (left), and Dillon Lennox, both aged 11, enjoy the snow in the Stormont estate in Belfast yesterday.
Andrew Hagan (left), and Dillon Lennox, both aged 11, enjoy the snow in the Stormont estate in Belfast yesterday.
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Northern Ireland still faces blackouts as weather warning persists in Republic

A ‘Status Yellow’ warning is issued for parts of the Republic as 35,000 homes in the North remain without electricity.
Mar 23rd 2013, 10:07 AM 9,078 3

Updated, 12:04

A ‘STATUS YELLOW’ weather warning remains in place for parts of Ulster and Leinster this afternoon, while tens of thousands of homes remain without power in Northern Ireland following yesterday’s bad weather.

ESB repair teams have joined counterparts from Scotland in travelling to Northern Ireland to assist the local network supplier, Northern Ireland Electricity, in repair efforts.

Some 35,000 homes in the North are still without power following heavy snow on Thursday night and Friday morning, which has caused Northern Ireland’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Russia to be called off entirely.

The match at Windsor Park, which was originally set for last night, had been put back to 3pm today in hopes that snow could be cleared to allow the game to go ahead.

A spokeswoman for Northern Ireland Electricity said gaining clear access to areas affected by electricity outages remained the biggest hindrance in restoring power.

In the Republic, Met Éireann’s warning of snow and ice in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow remains in place over the weekend, with light snowfall in Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan and Louth forecast for this afternoon and this evening.

Though flood waters in affected areas are beginning to recede, AA Roadwatch has advised of a number of areas where road conditions are still affected.

The Enniskerry area in Co Wicklow remains difficult to navigate, though earlier issues on the M11 – particularly at Junction 5, Bray North – have now cleared.

Excess water remains in the Howth, Rush, Lusk and Skerries areas. Drumnigh Road in Portmarnock has reopened after earlier closures, but spot flooding continues in some parts.

The Quays in Enniscorthy have reopened this morning, but in Kilkenny City the Bleach Road remains impassible and closed.

AA Roadwatch reports no major flood issues in Cork.

Motorists are advised to take care in the Carlingford area between Louth and Down, and around the Rosstrevor and Warrenpoint areas, due to spot flooding. Earlier closures of junctions on the M1 have been reopened, however.

The videos below, from gillymayb1 on YouTube, shows some of the flooding on the M11, under the Old Connaught Avenue in Bray, yesterday afternoon:


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