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

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

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

The ex-hurricane battered Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful winds yesterday.

STORM Ophelia continued to wreak havoc today as commuters were hit by delays as several rail lines were blocked by fallen trees and strong winds caused damage to buildings.

Ophelia may also bring record wind power generation.

Amber "be prepared" weather warnings covering Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian and Borders and Strathclyde warn of " potential for injuries and danger to life" from flying debris and high waves as wind gusts up to 80mph are expected.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says her country is ready to provide any support to Ireland if requested. She warned of intermitment cuts as fix works is carried out in the coming days. "Strong damaging winds were recorded in the warning areas on Monday with gusts of up to 90mph recorded".

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The vast majority of those worst hit include around 1500 homes in the greater Longford town area.

Irish Defence Force soldiers have been deployed with vehicles and helicopters to help assess damage as thousands of staff from ESB, the Republic of Ireland's electricity network, worked to fix fallen and broken cables.

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.

It said it is likely the smoke particles - which grounded a number of flights on Monday - could return tomorrow.

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