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Mid-Ulster hit by ‘Doris’ day

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

THOUSANDS of homes were left with power across Mid-Ulster last Thursday as Storm Doris battered the country.

The storm was ushered in from the Atlantic when a guest of wind was measured at 87mph at Mace Headon on the Galway coast in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The MET officer issued a yellow warning for wind and rain across Northern Ireland.

NIE Network's emergency crews worked overnight to restore power to businesses in Mid-Ulster.

The key areas affected by the power outage were found in Co Fermanagh, Armagh and Down.

Across Northern Ireland 24,000 NIE customers were without power at some point on Thursday.

Several hundred individual faults had to be repaired and extensive tree cutting, pole replacement and line restringing had to be carried out.

In NIE's Dungannon district, which includes Moneymore and Aughnacloy saw 13 faults that left 250 customers without power.

While in the Omagh district, which includes Strabane and Clogher, 11 faults impacting upon 1,250 customers, were recorded by NIE.

Many roads were also closed as a result of the damage caused by the storm.

A tree close to King Island's Primary School at Coalisland was brought down by the strong winds and there were also reports of uprooted trees near Derrytresk GAA club and the Derrynoyd Road near Draperstown.

Roads also closed as a result of the storm included: Killylea Road, Armagh; maydown Road, Armagh; Brackaville Road, Coalisland; Carnteel Road, Aughnacloy; Molesworth Road, Cookstown and Mullaghmore Road, Coalisland.

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