A engineer has been killed in a tree fall in Co Armagh amid the high winds of Storm Ali.

It understood the man was working near the entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh when the incident happened.

He was working as a contractor for NI Water. A male colleague was also hurt.

The Health and Safety said it is aware of the incident.

Meanwhile, 60 roads have been closed and over 90,000 properties across Northern Ireland cut off from the electricity grid after Storm Ali hit on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks said it continued to face “extremely challenging” conditions. While it said over 55,000 customers had their power restored, there could still be more faults as the afternoon progressed. Hundreds of staff have been brought on to cope with the demand.

Work is ongoing to remove debris on roads.

A NIE Networks spokesperson said: “We endeavour to resolve all faults as quickly as possible, we anticipate that restoration will extend beyond this evening. We have over 400 additional resources working across Northern Ireland to repair faults however damage is extensive.

“We would remind customers to stay safe and never approach broken lines or damaged poles.”

It is the first big storm of the season with an amber warning issued for high winds and heavy showers throughout Wednesday. There have been reports of winds reaching 91mph.

Police said they are getting a high number of calls about road blockages. In south Belfast a lorry driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a tree hit his cab.

While trains have been put on a restricted speed limit, boats cancelled and flights delayed or cancelled.

The Met Office amber alert is in place until 5pm.

NIE Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:

  • Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to NIE Networks on 03457 643 643 and listen to recorded messages carefully
  • If you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost
  • Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored
  • Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames
  • Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.

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Meanwhile in Galway emergency services attended the scene Claddaghduff after a caravan was blown off the cliff in which a woman died. RTE reports the home is on the coastline and has not been submerged by the water.

A total of 55,000 homes and businesses, mainly in the south-west of Ireland, have been left without power due to the bad weather, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said.

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