Northern Ireland

Severe weather causes NI flooding

Severe weather has caused flooding on a number of roads across Northern Ireland.

Forecasters had predicted heavy rain and gale force winds with the worst of the weather in counties Antrim, Down and Derry.

The Roads Service said it was dealing with flooding in the Banbridge, Rathfriland and Craigavon areas.

A number of localised flooding incidents occurred earlier in the Magherafelt and Cookstown areas.

Some ferry crossings have been cancelled amid warnings of south-easterly gales with gusts of up to 60mph.

Roads Service said it was dealing with flooding on the Banbridge to Castlewellan Road and the Moyallen Road, Banbridge.

The Rathfriland Road, Dromara and the Rathfriland to Gilford Road were also affected.

It said that in the Craigavon area there was flooding at Donaghcloney Village, the Manse Road at Moss Bank Road junction and Crowhill Road.

It also said some flooding had occurred at Balllyregan Road, Dundonald, on the outskirts of east Belfast.

The Roads Service said fallen trees had now been removed from roads in the west of Northern Ireland and those roads opened.

"Most roads are passable with care and Roads Service staff is continuing to unblock gullies and help with the clear up operation," it added.

Delays

It said it was also aware of flooding on minor roads and was dealing with these.

For further advice on road conditions, motorists can log onto TrafficwatchNI.

P&O Ferries said it is experiencing disruption on its sailings betweeen Larne and Cairnryan because of the adverse weather conditions.

Passengers are advised to check-in as normal, but are likely to face delays.

The company said the latest sailing information will be updated on its travel information and weather line on 0845 832 8888.

The bad weather has also led to the closure of St Colman's High School in Ballynahinch. The school has no electricity or heating.

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