Strong winds have caused chaos in parts of Derry this morning.
Strong gusts have caused trees to fall and resulted in damage to several properties in Derry. Traffic flow was also disrupted with the closure of the Foyle Bridge this morning as a safety precaution. A number of power lines have fallen causing some disruption to electricity supplies
The Met Office has issued a warning for further gusts of up to 90mph while wind speeds of 105mph have been recorded at Malin Head in Inishowen.
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Residents of Brandywell Court were wakened at around 6.30am to the sound of a wall crashing to the ground outside there homes. Part of the wall and railings surrounding the Brandywell Showgrounds collapsed following powerful gusts, also damaging a lamppost. No one was hurt in the incident but the walkway in front of the homes remains closed as repair work was carried out.
Resident Thomas Harrigan said the wall collapse was an accident waiting to happen. “The old wall had a lot of cracks and has been patched up now and again with a wee bit of cement but it was just patch work. The railings, which were out up a couple of years ago to stop wains getting into the Brandywell for matches, just made the already weak wall top heavy.”
In the Waterside, a car was extensively damaged by a falling tree. Mark Hamilton, of Broomhill Avenue - whose 13 year-old daughter Kaitlin is a wheelchair user - said he heard an “almighty thump” at around 5.30am. Mr Hamilton said the mobility car was essential for his daughter’s transport.
The 101 year-old beech tree was the second to fall between Mr Hamilton’s home and that of his neighbour 88 year-old Samuel Douglas in seven months. In May last year a similar sized tree crashed through the roof pensioner’s home.
Damage has also been caused to tiles on the roof of Lisnagelvin Leisure centre. Derry City Council has advised that due to wind damage the pool is closed to the public until Thursday. The gym, however, remains open to users.
Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has warned of the possibility of damage to the network, especially in exposed locations, because of the winds.
It said trees had fallen down over electricity lines and were disrupting some electricity supplies.
It said hundreds of extra NIE engineers, call handlers and administrative staff were ready to reinforce its “normal capability to restore supplies following any damage and to provide regularly updated information to customers”.
Customers can report a fault to their electricity supply on 08457 643 643.
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