Northern Ireland

Weather warning issued for wind and rain in Northern Ireland

The Met Office has predicted heavy rain and strong winds over the island of Ireland within the next 24 hours
Image caption The Met Office has predicted heavy rain and strong winds over the island of Ireland within the next few hours

Northern Ireland is likely to be affected by strong winds and heavy rain which are due to move across the UK and Ireland within the next few hours.

The Met Office has forecast gales or even severe gales on exposed coasts and high ground by Monday morning.

It said the public should be aware of "the potential for travel disruption".

P&O ferries cancelled its fast craft services between Larne and Troon on Sunday evening but passengers will be accommodated on its Cairnryan ferries.

'Possible flooding'

A spokesperson for the company said that because the adverse weather conditions were forecast to continue into Monday morning, there could further disruptions to ferry services.

They advised passengers to check the P&O website or call the travel line before travelling.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain in Northern Ireland, with the rain warning valid from 21:00 BST on Sunday.

The wind warning will be in force from midnight until noon on Monday.

Transport NI, formery known as Roads Service, also advised drivers to be alert to the possibility of overnight flooding in counties Antrim, Down and Armagh.

'Storm warning'

"With the potential for roadside gullies being blocked by fallen leaves, there is a possibility of localised road flooding," Aidan O'Callaghan from Transport NI said.

"Drivers should be alerted to the possibility of ponding and drive according to the conditions encountered and leave extra time for any journeys," he added.

In the Republic of Ireland, Met √Čireann has issued a storm warning, forecasting that winds will reach gale-force on Irish coasts by Sunday afternoon.

It has predicted that winds will occasionally reach storm force 10 in some areas.

Met √Čireann has issued an orange wind warning - the second highest alert - for counties Donegal, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

It said winds could reach up to 75mph (120km/h) in some coastal areas.