Wintry weather causes more power cuts in Inishowen

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Over 100 homes and businesses are without power in Inishowen on Friday morning following more bad weather overnight.

The peninsula was hit by heavy winds and thunder and lightening over Thursday night and Friday morning.

Abandoned cars at Gollan Hill outside Buncrana as treacherous road conditions earlier this week made it impossible to climb the hill. DER0215MC054

Abandoned cars at Gollan Hill outside Buncrana as treacherous road conditions earlier this week made it impossible to climb the hill. DER0215MC054

There were also fresh falls of sleet, snow and hail, particularly on higher ground, creating difficult driving conditions.

The power outages affecti 139 customers in the Clonmany and Ballyliffin areas and 24 in Moville. The ESB has apologised for the loss of supply.

They said the outage in Clonmany occurred at 9.34pm on Thursday night and they are currently working to restore power as soon as possible. The estimated restoration time is 1pm on Friday but teams are also working on a number of outages across the county.

The outage in Moville occurred at 11.14am on Friday morning and the ESB is estimating it will be restored by 2.45pm.

Earlier in the week, a number of homes across the peninsula were left without power after lightning struck on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Met Eireann say that Friday night will be bitterly cold with scattered showers of sleet and snow. There will be widespread frost with a risk of icy stretches.

Saturday will be bitterly cold with wintry showers but also bright and sunny showers.

Met Eireann added that the cold snap will continue until Wednesday next, with severe night frosts, a risk of freezing fog and wintry showers. But there will also be sunny spells.

Derry Journal reader Charlene Farren managed to capture spectacular video footage of a lightning bolt over Sheriff’s Mountain, which is close to the Inishowen border. Is this the bolt that caused the outages? Check out the video, which has already been watched hundreds of times.