The high winds gusted at speeds of up to 70mph, causing widespread damage with roads blocked by fallen trees and debris. The electricity network suffered storm damage with trees brought down across overhead lines, broken poles and windborne debris disrupting electricity supplies mainly across Counties Antrim, Armagh and Down.
NIE Networks had been closely monitoring the weather and was able to put the company’s emergency plan into action on Monday morning, as the high winds were forecast to sweep across the country from midday. NIE Networks emergency crews, engineers, call handlers and other staff were mobilised to update customers, assess any damage and start the repair process.
Rodney Ballentine, Duty Incident Manager at NIE Networks said: "We had been in close contact with the Met Office in the days leading up to Storm Ophelia, and had mobilised emergency crews, engineers, and call handling staff in preparation for the storm.
“Our local incident centres were escalated from early on Monday with NIE Networks engineers and emergency crews able to get on with the restoration work as soon as the high winds died down and it was safe to begin repairs.
“As the weather front progressed eastwards, we moved emergency crews from the west and the north to aid the repair process in the worst affected areas. Losing electricity supplies can be an unpleasant and frustrating experience, no more welcome to NIE Networks than to our customers, which is why restoring supplies following weather damage is always a priority for us.”
The stormy weather is set to continue as Storm Brian is forecast for the weekend. If you do lose electricity supplies, you can report a power cut online or call us on 03457 643 643.
For more information on how NIE Networks responds to storms and what you should do during a power cut.