Northern Ireland

NIE say 1,500 customers still without power in NI

Northern Ireland Electricity has said around 1,500 customers, mostly in the north east of NI, are still without power.

Tens of thousands of people lost supplies because of high winds on Monday.

The company said Coleraine and Ballymena are currently the worst affected areas.

Julia Carson from NIE said the company was working hard to get the last affected customers' power restored.

"The restoration process has been steady throughout the day and we are working to restore the last 1,500 customers," she said.

"We are doing everything we can to get everyone back on supply as quickly and safely as possible, but the extent of the damage may mean some customers remain without supply until tonight.

"If any customers are without electricity then please contact NIE on 08457 643 643 and let us know."

Image caption The high winds caused significant disruption on the roads

The high winds on Monday left two people slightly injured after hoardings came off a building at Lanyon Place in Belfast and hit their car.

They were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The gale force winds also affected transport across Northern Ireland.

Train services were disrupted after a tree hit a train travelling from Belfast.

Ferry sailings to Scotland and Rathlin Island were cancelled.

The high winds also led to some roads becoming blocked because of falling trees and branches.

It also led to the closure of the Giant's Causeway.

City of Derry Airport experienced some disruption, with a number of flights being diverted or slightly delayed.

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