150 prop­er­ties still with­out power af­ter Storm Callum gives prov­ince a bat­ter­ing

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DAVID YOUNG

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

MAR­GARET MCLAUGH­LIN

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