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More than 1,000 homes without power in Keady area as Storm Erik hits

Storm Erik has hit and as a result has left more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Keady area without power this morning (Friday).

Northern Ireland Electric (NIE) say approximately 1,083 customers are without power after a report was lodged just after 9.30am.

The issue is caused by the high winds currently battering large parts of Northern Ireland – there are currently seven issues right across the country.

The estimated restoration time is expected around 12.45pm, with contractors on their way, however, with the winds set to get worse, that could be a little longer.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is currently in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

The respite though will only be temporary with a further warning of high winds and rain coming into play from midnight, right through until 3pm on Saturday.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution while travelling over the next 24 hours as the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible.

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