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First storm of 2008 batters Inishowen 09.01.08

SEVERAL thousand homes and businesses were still without power in Inishowen today after a severe storm with gusts of 120k/ph and heavy rain hit the peninsula overnight.
Parts of Muff, Quigley's Point, the Illies in Buncrana, Glengad and Malin Head were still without power at 11:30am today.
ESB spokesperson, Brian Hegarty who is working on the ground and co-ordinating a large team of technicians who worked through the night, said all of Inishowen lost power around 10.30pm on Tuesday after the line feeding the peninsula from Letterkenny tripped on a number of occasions due to the gale force gusts.
Some locations including Moville, Greencastle and Buncrana had power restored within an hour but other parts were plunged into darkness and still remain without power today.
"The line coming up from Letterkenny to Inishowen tripped a couple of times due to the very high winds but we managed to get it back," said Mr. Hegarty.
He confirmed however, that locally, the line from Buncrana feeding the Illies, Quigley's Point and the Muff areas suffered damage as did the line from Carndonagh feeding Glengad and Malin Head.
Mr. Hegarty warned people to stay away from fallen power lines and to phone 1850 372 999 to report any.
The ESB hopes to have all supplies to the peninsula restored by mid-afternoon to teatime although some isolated places may take longer.
Drivers are being advised to take care due to fallen trees, powerlines and debris on the roads.
Trees were reported to be down yesterday in areas such as Birdstown, Burnfoot and Glentogher, Carndonagh.
It was also reported that a parked car was destroyed in Malin Head when a caravan overturned on it in the strong winds.
Meanwhile, around 6,000 homes throughout the North including Counties Derry and Tyrone were still without power yesterday morning after the overnight gales.
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