Majority of customers restored but repair process to continue into the evening


 Over 50,000 customers have been restored to power following the impact of Storm Ophelia and NIE Networks emergency crews are currently restoring electricity supplies to 2800 homes and businesses. 

Severe gales, with gusts of up to 70mph, swept across Northern Ireland during the night, bring trees and branches across lines and breaking poles.  The worst affected areas remain the South East, mainly around the Newry and Downpatrick areas. 


NIE Networks emergency crews are replacing broken poles, clearing trees and branches and replacing and reconnecting overhead powerlines as part of the widespread effort to restore power.  Our crews will continue to work into the evening but due to the extent of the damage, small pockets of customers in the worst affected areas may be without power overnight.


Julia Carson, NIE Networks Communications Manager reminded customers to contact NIE Networks if their power is disrupted.  “We would like to remind customers that if they do lose electricity supplies they should report the fault online at or call our Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643.  Put safety first and if you do see any trees down across powerlines or broken electricity poles, keep away and call NIE Networks immediately.


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