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Power cuts affecting 21,000 across NI

A tree brought down an overhead line on the Upper Malone Road in Dunmurry. Credit: NIE

NIE says around 21,000 customers are without electricity across NI, after power was restored to 24,000 amid Storm Ophelia.

However the number of homes affected is expected to rise as strong winds gusting from 60mph to 70 mph continue to sweep the region.

Sara McClintock from the company said: "NIE Networks staff are continuing to respond to faults as they arise on the electricity network.

"We will be working into the night to do all that we can to restore electricity supplies to our customers as quickly and safely as we can."

Customers should call 03457 643 643 to report faults.


Fifth arrest amid crash death murder probe

The scene of the crash in Co Fermanagh. Credit: UTV

A fifth arrest has been made by police investigating the murder of Natasha Carruthers in a crash in Co Fermanagh, on 7 October.

A 27-year-old man was detained Monday on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Ms Carruthers, who was 23, died in a road traffic incident between Lisnaskea and Derrylin.

NI schools to remain closed on Tuesday due to storm

All schools in Northern Ireland are to remain closed for a second day due to Storm Ophelia, the Education Department has confirmed.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Group, on the back of advice from the Met Office on "the prolonged nature and potential severity of the storm".

Further education colleges will also be shut for the day.

Derek Baker, permanent secretary, said: “I fully appreciate this decision will impact on the work of the schools and indeed on other businesses and services but the decision has been taken to avoid any potential risk to life for children and young people as well as staff.”

Some parents and teachers were left angry and frustrated because the announcement of Monday's closures came through late at night.

Tracey Magee reports on the lack of warning.


NI and Republic unseeded for World Cup play-offs

FIFA has confirmed that Northern Ireland and the Republic will be unseeded for the World Cup play-offs.

It means they can face either Denmark, Switzerland, Italy or Croatia for a place at next year's finals in Russia.

The draw will be made on Tuesday.

Meanwhile former, NI assistant manager Stephen Robinson believes Michael O'Neill doesn't receive the credit he deserves outside of his home country.

He's been speaking to UTV's Ruth Gorman.

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Tributes paid to comedian Sean Hughes

Irish stand-up comedian and actor Sean Hughes has died aged 51, his management has confirmed. Credit: PA

Tributes have been paid to comedian Sean Hughes, who has died at the age of 51.

The Irish stand-up shared his final tweet on 8 October, in which he said he was "in hospital".

Hughes was best known for being a panellist on long-running BBC Two panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks and for starring in his own sitcom Sean's Show in the early 1990s.

He also appeared on TV programmes including Coronation Street and The Last Detective.

Comics including Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, Jack Dee and Sarah Millican have shared their tributes following the news.

Manford tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.”

Woman killed in Waterford after tree falls on car

Another woman was injured in the incident.

A woman in her 50s has died after a tree fell on her car in Co Waterford, as Storm Ophelia sweeps across the Republic of Ireland.

She was driving in the village of Aglish on Monday morning when it happened.

A passenger aged in her 70s was also injured and has been taken to hospital for treatment on injuries that aren’t believed to be life threatening.

Gardaí urged all road users to "remain indoors and not to travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary".

They added: “Weather conditions in West Waterford and Waterford city are currently described as severe and reports of numerous falling trees due to high winds."

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