12/10/2018

Storm Callum Disrupts Travel And Power Supplies

Storm Callum has hit Northern Ireland, leaving more than 1,000 homes and businesses without power as winds of up to 70mph sweep the country.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled at both Belfast City and Dublin airports, while Belfast International Airport has warned of potential flight delays.

All Flybe flights before 9.30am were cancelled as well as around 25 Aer Lingus flights.

The strongest winds were reported on the Ards peninsula with areas of counties Down, Armagh and Antrim experiencing the worst of the storm.

Translink has warned of disruption and speed restrictions across it's network, and the Belfast Glider service may also be affected due to poor road conditions.
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Initial reports from Northern Ireland Electricity Networks on Friday morning saw over 1,000 homes and businesses without power, mainly around County Down.

There have also been reports of fallen trees and flooding in parts with further warnings of hazardous conditions throughout the day. Police are advising drivers to take care on the roads and exercise caution.

The Met Office Yellow warning remains in place until midnight.

Northern Ireland's Health and Safety Executive issued guidance to businesses affected by the storm, warning of flying debris and falling objects and urging employers to assess the risk of storm conditions on their work activities, identify potential hazards and take necessary precautions.

(JG)

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