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Up to 30,000 homes still without electricity
Thursday, April 1st 2010, 5:56 PM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Up to 30,000 homes remained without power last night after one of the worst storms ever to hit Northern Ireland.

An estimated 100,000 premises suffered power cuts over the ‘24 hours from hell’, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said.

And in Scotland the town of of Cleghorn, South Lanarkshire, was mourning the death of a schoolgirl killed in a coach crash amid “horrendous” weather conditions were last night astounded that the bus had been allowed to travel.

Natasha Paton (17) died as a coach plunged off an icy bridge during a snowstorm and into a river, throwing the girl from the vehicle and coming to rest on top of her.

Northern Ireland Electricity revealed that it had been forced to bring in more than 150 engineers from the Republic and Britain after electricity poles were smashed “like matchsticks” under the weight of the snow. Large areas of counties Tyrone, Londonderry and Antrim were lashed by blizzards, heavy rain and winds on Tuesday night.

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