Northern Ireland braces for Hurricane Ophelia; Northern Ireland still has not had power restored

Six months after it was cut off by a powerful hurricane, residents in Northern Ireland have been reconnected to power but some of them have been left out in the cold in the more storm-stricken regions. These are the northern regions that saw some of the highest winds after Storm Arwen, which ripped through the United Kingdom and Ireland in August. People living along the Irish coast, south of Sligo, have already seen their homes reconnected, while in Scotland, the utility company Scottish and Southern Energy has said that all customers living on the southwest coast have been reconnected. The problem is that Northern Ireland has not had power restored to some of the neighborhoods that got hit hard by the storm. While this Sunday’s storm might not be as strong as the storm in August, more than nine million homes and businesses across Britain are still without power, according to data from the government. Prime Minister Theresa May said that the United Kingdom would accept a temporary quota on energy imports from Ukraine to help restore power to Northern Ireland in time for the school week. Her spokesman said that the influx of hydro-power may help restore power before next week’s first storm hits. “We are working with the operator to immediately evaluate any impact on the region’s strategic interests, which include ensuring that supplies do not interrupt vital services,” the spokesman said. This week’s storm may damage some wind turbines but will likely not result in severe damage to the country’s power network, Climate Central warned. Weather forecasters expect winds of more than 50 mph to hit parts of northern Britain on Tuesday.

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