LIVE BLOG: Power cuts besiege NI as Storm Barra continues to hit us with disruptive winds, heavy rain and snow – see what’s happening in your area
Power cuts have already occurred in the Craigavon area, leaving families and many homeworkers literally in the dark.
Meanwhile, weather warnings for snow, ice, rain and wind have been issued as Storm Barra arrives from the Atlantic.
It comes as the Prime Minister has said homes affected by the power cuts will see their supplies restored.
As some 1,600 homes in the northeast were still without power on Monday – 10 days after Storm Arwen, Boris Johnson said he spoke to the CEO of Northern Powergrid and was “assured they would be reconnected by tomorrow at the latest. “.
Later Monday evening, the electricity supplier said it had reduced the number of affected homes and businesses to 700.
Ice was expected the night before Storm Barra arrived, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning as drivers faced potentially dangerous conditions in West Scotland and North West Scotland ‘England.
While the west of Ireland will receive the worst of the storm on Tuesday, yellow wind warnings are in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – with travel disruption likely.
There are also fears of power cuts and damage to buildings.
Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph are expected over the west and south coasts of England and Wales, accompanied by large waves which present a “small risk” of danger to life by throwing beach equipment on. the waterfront, coastal roads and properties, the Met Office mentioned.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has urged people to stay away from the water’s edge and to dial 999 for the Coast Guard in the event of a coastal emergency.
The Environment Agency has issued three flood warnings for the south coast of England, as well as 35 flood alerts.
Yellow snow warnings are also in place in northern England and Scotland, with blizzards and snowfall of up to 20cm causing dangerous conditions on roads at higher elevations, the Met Office said. .
Schools in Ireland have been ordered to keep their doors closed as a rare red warning has been given for Cork, Kerry and Clare.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said the gusts of wind and impacts from Storm Barra “will be a step down from Arwen,” resulting in widespread power cuts on November 26 – some of them have not yet been restored.
There are fears that Tuesday’s high winds will make it harder for engineers to reconnect homes, although spokesman Stephen Dixon has said the winds will “gradually weaken” as they move east and should have been extinguished by Thursday.
Following a call with Northern Powergrid boss Phil Jones, the Prime Minister tweeted that he had “asked for assurances that power utilities are putting measures in place to limit any further potential disruption to electricity. households in the aftermath of Storm Barra ”.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said on Monday it was “totally unacceptable” that around 1,600 homes were still without electricity.
Labor accused the government of treating the people of Scotland and the north of England as “second class citizens”.
Residents of the affected areas told the AP they were losing hope and felt “tired and angry” as they faced an eleventh night without electricity.
A deadline set last Wednesday to restore power to all properties by the end of the week has been missed.
Meanwhile, Ireland braced for winds of over 130km as the island braces for the impact of Storm Barra.
Schools, colleges and nurseries in some of the worst affected areas will remain closed in Ireland on Tuesday, amid warnings that no part of the island will escape the effects of the major storm.
Covid-19 testing and vaccination centers will also remain closed in parts of the country.
Met Eireann warned that disruption to travel and power is likely, as well as coastal flooding.
Gardai urged anyone living in areas affected by red or orange warnings to avoid unnecessary travel.
Cork, Kerry and Clare have received a red warning, while an orange level warning is in place for much of the east and west coasts.
A yellow warning is in place for the rest of the country from 2 a.m. on Tuesday until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
A yellow warning from the UK Met Office for Northern Ireland will remain in place from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The Irish Coast Guard have urged the public to avoid any activity which could expose them to “unnecessary danger”.
Defense Forces troops are on standby alongside members of the Civil Defense.
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