23,000 powerless in Hec of a storm
THE strongest gusts ever recorded in Northern Ireland in June caused travel disruption and left tens of thousands of households without power.
Storm Hector brought winds of up to 70mph on Wednesday night.
The electricity supply to more than 23,000 properties was disrupted while over 300 incidents of weather-related network damage were recorded including broken lines and poles.
The Met Office said Orlock Head in Co Down was buffeted by 74mph winds at 7am yesterday.
The fire and rescue service received 15 weather-related calls during the storm.
Northern Ireland Electricity’s Edel Creery said: “The damage caused by Storm Hector includes power lines brought down by falling trees and poles broken by the high winds.” Roads in Bangor, Dungannon, Gilford and Lurgan were closed by fallen trees or debris.
Belfast Harbour said two cruise ships, the Nautica and the Eclipse, were unable to berth due to the conditions.
In the Republic, almost 35,000 homes, farms and businesses were left without power.
Road closed in Co Antrim village Trees downed at Ballinderry Road GLENAVY
Strength of gusts recorded at Orlock Head in Co Down yesterday