NIE Networks emergency teams to work into the night to restore power

NIE Networks emergency crews and engineers will continue working into the night to restore power to around 1200 customers still without power following Storm Ophelia.  Over 52,000 customers have had electricity restored following a Northern Ireland wide effort to repair the damage to the electricity network.

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 crews will continue to work into and through the night in some areas, but due to the extent of the damage, small pockets of customers in the worst affected areas will 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.

“Our Local Incident Centres in the worst affected areas are continuing to co-ordinate the local repair effort and we have brought in additional call agents to answer customer queries.”