High winds cause power cuts

A man was taken to hospital after a tree fell on his mobile home

Severe weather has caused flooding and uprooted trees across Northern Ireland.

Driving conditions are treacherous with many roads closed.

At one stage, about 68,000 homes were without power. Supplies have now been restored to more than 40,000 of these households.

Counties Down and Armagh were worst affected, particularly Downpatrick, Newry and Craigavon.

Northern Ireland Electricity spokeswoman Julie Carson said engineers were working to repair damaged power lines.

"We have over 400 engineers, linesmen and call handlers reinforcing our ability to restore supplies as quickly as possible," she said.

"Damage has been caused by trees and branches down across lines, and by flying debris which has caused damage to poles and other equipment."

Staff from the river, roads and water agencies have been working overtime to deal with emergencies.

Winds of up to 50 miles per hour are forecast throughout Saturday, especially in the north and west of the province, and heavy and wintry showers are expected to continue.

A man had to be rescued after he was trapped when a tree fell on his mobile home in Dromore, County Down.

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