Northern Ireland

High winds cause travel disruption in Northern Ireland

Foyle Bridge
Image caption The Foyle Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles for a time on Saturday

High winds have caused traffic and travel disruption in Northern Ireland.

The Met Office has issued a "yellow warning", with widespread gales forecast for Saturday. Heavy rain is also likely.

The 10:30 GMT Stena ferry sailing from Liverpool to Belfast was cancelled, along with all Saturday sailings between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle.

In Omagh, County Tyrone, Market Street was closed for a while after part of a supermarket roof was blown off.

The street was reopened after the Fire Service removed the debris.

The Foyle Bridge in Londonderry was closed to high-sided vehicles for a number of hours, and a 30mph speed limit was in place for other vehicles.

Two flights were diverted from City of Derry Airport to Belfast International Airport; the 08:00 GMT flight from London Stansted and the 10:15 GMT flight from Glasgow.


Northern Ireland Electricity has warned of possible damage to the electricity network, especially in eastern areas.

NIE has emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on standby.

If any customers do lose electricity supplies they can contact NIE on 08457 643 643 or report a power cut online at

The Met Office warning is in place until 21:00 GMT.

A yellow warning means that severe weather is possible.

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