23,000 pow­er­less in Hec of a storm

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY REBECCA BLACK and CATE MCCURRY

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.

74mph

Road closed in Co Antrim vil­lage Trees downed at Ballinderry Road GLENAVY

Strength of gusts recorded at Or­lock Head in Co Down yes­ter­day

LISBURN

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