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Storm Ali: Two killed, thousands without power

By Sheetal Sukhija, The London News
20 Sep 2018, 22:44 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - As Storm Ali continued to batter Ireland with strong winds, Gardai confirmed one death in Co Galway, while the PSNI reported another death in Newry.

On Thursday, ESB Networks said that 39,000 homes, farms and businesses were still without power.

According to ESB, repair crews worked into the night, to restore power in certain areas are Storm Ali passed the region on Wednesday.

However, ESB noted that about 1,600 individual faults remain on the network and it was hoping to restore power to all of those affected by the storm.

In a statement, ESB Networks Operations Manager Derek Hynes said that most repairs are in the Cavan/Longford, Monaghan and Mayo areas.

Hynes added thatcrews need to get to 1,600 locations on Thursday.

He has however,issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of going near any fallen power lines.

Meanwhile, Gardai said on Wednesday that a woman has diedafter the caravan she was sleeping in blew off a cliff in Co Galway when the storm hit the region.

The woman was said to be the sole occupant of the caravan, which was lifted by strong winds from the storm.

The woman died after the caravan blew down an incline at Claddaghduff on Wednesday morning, at around 7.45 am, when winds from the storm in the area turned viciously strong.

Gardai said that the woman's body was located on the stretch of the coastline, and the victim was identified as Elvira Ferraii, who was originally from Switzerland.

In a case in Northern Ireland, the PSNI said that a man was killed and another injured after a tree fell on the duo near Newry.

The PSNI said that the incident took place as the two men were working as part of a contract with Northern Ireland Water in the Slieve Gullion Park, near Newry.

A PSNI spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday, "Police attended the sudden death of a man, aged in his 20s, in the Slieve Gullion Park, Drumintee Road area of Newry this afternoon."

Meanwhile, in Ireland, telecoms companyEir said on Thursday that it is continuing to restore phone service to parts of the country where it was disrupted.

According to Eir, 72 mobile mast sites continue to be down in Dublin, north Leinster, Connachtand Ulster.

Further, the storm left 22 communications cabinets offline that impacted 1,500 fixed line customers.

According to Irish Water, a power outage was set to cause loss of water supply in Co Monaghan - which would affect 10,000 Lough Egish customers on Thursday.

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