150 properties still without power after Storm Callum gives province a battering
MORE than 1,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland suffered from power cuts yesterday as Storm Callum hit.
Around 150 homes and businesses were still without electricity last night, most of them in the south east.
NIE networks said: “We are continuing to liaise with the Met Office and to monitor the passage of Storm Callum.
“As always, we would remind customers to keep safe and never approach fallen overhead power lines.”
It urged worried customers to contact its helpline on 03457 643643.
The fierce storm caused problems for businesses and events here yesterday, as well as the west of Scotland, Wales and England.
The strongest winds overnight were reported on the Ards peninsula with parts of counties Down, Armagh and parts of Antrim experiencing the worst gusts.
In Maghera, Walsh’s Hotel posted a video of water pouring through the roof and into a hallway.
The video appears under the caption: “Storm Callum gives our guests an early shower.”
The hotel told the Belfast Telegraph that despite the damage it was still open and had the situation under control.
Although a yellow warning for wind remained in place late last night, conditions had calmed in many places by early evening.
But the Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival, which had been due to take place today at
Left and above: fallen trees in south Belfast, road closures in Crumlin, and (right) Mussenden Temple
the Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim, has been cancelled.
The organisers said: “Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Randox NI Potato Festival due to adverse weather conditions.
“Weather conditions today have left us unable to build the marquees that were required for tomorrow’s event.
“We are very sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience caused to everyone that was looking forward to the festival.”
Operations were also affected at Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airports.
Dozens of Flybe flights were cancelled as Storm Callum closed in.
Last night Belfast City Airport said that although it was not aware of any further cancellations, travellers should contact their airline before departure “just to be on the safe side”.
Translink has warned of disruption and speed restrictions across its network.
Due to poor road conditions the Belfast Glider service may
also be affected. In the Republic the power supplier said around 30,000 customers had been cut off.
There were reports of trees down and flooding in parts with warnings of hazardous conditions through the day.
The Garda advised drivers to take care on the roads and exercise caution.
Fallen trees in south Belfast