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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Thousands of homes without power
Fallen tree
High winds led to fallen trees across Northern Ireland
Nearly 4,000 households in NI are still without power after high winds caused damage to the electricity network.

NIE said more than 120,000 customers had been affected by Thursday night's storms but that power had been restored to 122,000 homes and businesses.

Engineers have been working overnight to restore power, but some homes face a second night without electricity.

The areas affected include Craigavon, mid-Ulster and Newry. The NIE customer helpline is 08457 643 643.

NIE said it intended to have all customers restored to power on Saturday.

Branches falling on power lines was the main cause of disruption, with property also being damaged in the storms.

Winds of up to 70mph swept across many areas as the remnants of Hurricane Gordon struck Northern Ireland.

Motorists were advised to be careful in rural areas as some roads may still be affected by fallen branches.

People were advised that if electricity supplies were lost, they should turn off major appliances such as cookers and take extra safety precautions, particularly if using candles or oil lamps.




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