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Northern Ireland fire crews deal with floods after heavy rain

Homes in O'Neill Avenue, Newry, were protected by sandbags Image copyright BBC (Ex Joe McGrath)
Image caption Sandbags have been used to protect homes from flood water in O'Neill Avenue, Newry

Fire crews have been called out to protect homes from flooding in Newry, County Down, following heavy rain across many parts of Northern Ireland.

At least one home sustained flood damage in O'Neill Avenue, Newry, on Sunday morning and other houses in the street had to be protected by sandbags.

Two appliances were called to the scene at 11:00 BST to pump the water away.

Earlier, the Met Office issued a weather warning for Northern Ireland amid persistent rain in many parts.

A yellow weather warning remains place which means to be aware of the possibility of rain and flooding.

The areas expected to be affected are counties Down, Antrim, Armagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. The warning is valid until 23:45 BST on Sunday.

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Image caption Firefighters used two pumping appliances to protect homes from flood water in O'Neill Avenue

The Met Office website said: "There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast."

It added: "The public should be aware of the risk of flooding due to heavy rain as well as strong winds and large waves, particularly on the coasts of southern England and areas bordering the northern Irish Sea.

"Given the unseasonable nature of the weather this could be sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous.

"This remains a volatile situation, and this alert is likely to be updated as the event unfolds."

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Image caption A radar picture showing the heavy rain across many areas of Northern Ireland on Sunday

Due to the bad weather, the ferry leaving Rathlin at 17:30 BST has been cancelled as has the ferry leaving Ballycastle at 18.30 BST.

Heavy rain and high winds are also hitting England and Wales as the remains of what was Hurricane Bertha arrives.

Hurricane Bertha hit Caribbean islands on Monday before dissipating over the central Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Met √Čireann in the Republic of Ireland has issued a rain warning for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.

It has forecast that heavy rain will continue on Sunday with total amounts of between 25 and 50mm, including overnight rain.

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