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Storm Eleanor batters Mid-Ulster.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Storm Eleanor batters Mid-Ulster. thumbnail A section of storm damaged fence at Moygashel Orange Hall.

Businesses and families are counting the cost of Storm Eleanor, which battered Mid-Ulster last week.

An Amber Weather Warning for Wind was issued by the Met Office from the 2nd of January at 4am to the 3rd of January.

During the height of the storm, Northern Ireland was battered by winds reaching 90mph. Although conditions are set to settle, it is expected to stay cold throughout next week, with forecasters predicting snowfall a strong possibility.

Roads across the region were closed by fallen trees and in Dungannon, a large amount of debris from a water tank was blown off a building and onto the road on Scotch Street.

A spokesperson for Mid-Ulster District Council confirmed they had dealt with the damage.

"Council officers completed their inspection on Wednesday morning shortly after we were made aware and ascertained that the cover of a water tank on the roof of a business premises in Scotch Street had blown off.," said a Council spokesperson.

"The business owner's contractors made safe the structure that afternoon and following further inspection, were satisfied that the structure is currently safe." In Coalisland, Newell Stores was forced to close due to water damage and in Moygashel a fence was blown down at Moygashel Orange Hall.

Roads across the district were also forced to close as trees and telegraph poles were felled by the severe 90mph winds that battered the district.

Some of the areas worst affected by road closures included Ballynakelly, Ballygawley, Castlecaulfield Coalisland, Derrytresk, Donaghmore and Dungannon.

However, Transport NI and the PSNI worked tirelessly to ensure that roads were opened again as quickly as possible and confirmed that although drivers came close to harm, no-one was injured as a result of the damage.

By Wednesday morning only a few minor roads - the Aghnagar Road, Ballygawley, Derrytresk Road, Coalisland and Crew Road, Ballygawley remained closed.

A spokesperson for NIE networks told the Courier that at least 1,700 customers in the Dungannon area had been affected by Storm Eleanor, while in Loughgall, NIE were still working on Thursday afternoon to restore power to customers impacted by Tuesday night's storm.

"Our main incident centre in Craigavon and Local Incident Centres in Northern Ireland are open and will co-ordinate the local repair process until all customers are back on supply," the NIE spokesperson said.

"We have mobilised emergency teams from northern counties to assist in restoring power in areas where the network was damaged by Storm Eleanor."

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