NI Weather: Storm Jocelyn could disrupt power restoration to homes
Efforts to repair Northern Ireland’s electricity grid could be hampered by the approaching Storm Jocelyn, NIE Networks said.
Network operations manager Alex Houston said it was “likely” there would be an impact on reconnection and further damage could be caused.
Northern Ireland was severely affected by Storm Isha on Sunday and Monday.
Another yellow weather warning for wind begins at 16:00 GMT on Tuesday.
About 6,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Northern Ireland as of 11:30 on Tuesday, with power restored to about 47,000 customers.
The Met Office said: “Winds of 55-56mph are fairly typical for a winter storm across these areas, but resilience is expected to be lower following impacts from Storm Isha and may hamper any ongoing recovery and repair efforts.” “.
As a result, there may be more damage to buildings, power outages, and disruption of transportation.
NIE said a number of community centers will be open between 12:00 and 15:00 for staff to answer queries, or for people to get a hot drink and recharge devices:
- Blair Main Leisure Centre, Newtownards
- Brownlow Centre, Craigavon
- Cookstown Leisure Centre
- Joy Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
- Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen
- Omagh Entertainment Complex
- Lisburn Leisureplex
Strong winds are expected to blow
Storm Jocelyn is not expected to be as severe as Storm Isha, but the Met Office has warned of wind gusts of up to 65 mph (104 km/h).
There is a possibility of stronger winds in more exposed locations.
Mr Houston told BBC News’ Good Morning Ulster program there were huge efforts to get the electricity grid back to normal.
He added that a decision will be made Tuesday afternoon on whether ground personnel making repairs should continue their work as a result of Hurricane Jocelyn.
Houston said that about 250 electricity poles and about 300 wires were severely damaged during evening prayers.
At the scene of the accident
BBC News NI South East correspondent, Cormac Campbell
The main road between Belfast and Downpatrick remains closed between Cardiff and Saintfield.
This is due to fallen trees and a badly damaged electrical pole that was almost cut in half.
The result is electrical cables dangling on the busy road.
For many passengers, this meant transfers via Temple or Ballygowan.
As a result of the ongoing closure, nearly 400 students at nearby Millennium Integrated Primary School had an unplanned day off for the second time in a row.
Beth Looney of Saintfield Garden Center said the nearby road closure made for a “quiet day.”
She told BBC News NI: “They have put up a diverted sign on Ballygowan Road in Saintfield so that traffic can be diverted.”
“There are a few cars coming through the side roads for those who know the back roads. But the road is closed from our corner to the traffic lights at Cardiff.”
Ms. Looney said signs identifying accessible businesses would help, especially for those unfamiliar with the area.
“Yesterday we were hoping it would be cleared by tea time but no, the lights keep flashing and the cones stay in place so nothing gets through at all.
“Patience is definitely required.”
Titanic Museum closed
Damage to the roof of Titanic Belfast also forced the closure of the visitor attraction on Tuesday.
Site operations manager Siobhan Lynch said pre-booked customers would be notified and refunded, and apologized for the inconvenience.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland reported that it had 670 phone calls relating to Storm Isha between 15:00 on Sunday and 03:00 on Monday.
In the Republic of Ireland, a yellow warning was issued across the country from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning.
However, 57,000 customers are still without power after Storm Isha, ESB Networks said.
Weather service Met Éireann also issued an orange status warning for counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway on Tuesday evening.
ESB’s Mark Madigan said on Tuesday that additional resources had been deployed to the area.
County Donegal was severely affected, with about 25,000 customers without power.
He told BBC Radio’s Foyle North West Today: “We have a network on the ground and damaged infrastructure on the ground, which will take all the time today and possibly even tomorrow to try to repair and restore.”
The disruption also affected thousands of air travelers across the UK and Ireland.
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Storm Jocelyn, named by Irish weather service Met Éireann, is the tenth storm of the season.
This is the first time there has been a storm starting with the letter J since Storm Jake in March 2016.