Northern Ireland

Travel disruption as Storm Hector leaves trail of debris

A satellite image of Storm Hector
Image caption A satellite image of Storm Hector approaching

Storm Hector brought strong winds across Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening and overnight.

Gusts in Belfast reached 60 miles per hour.

The Met Office has said that risks of gales in Northern Ireland will continue on Thursday morning, but these will ease off into the afternoon.

Met Éireann has said that "severe and potentially damaging gusts" will occur in the Republic's coastal counties before winds move more westerly.

On the roads, the storm has caused traffic disruption in towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

Due to high winds, Foyle Bridge in Londonderry has been closed, with drivers advised to find alternative routes.

A fallen tree has also caused lane blockages on the A6 between Derry and Dungiven.

The Aghanloo Road and Scroggy Road in Limavady were both blocked by fallen trees on Thursday morning.

Image caption The Scroggy Road in Limavady was blocked by a fallen tree on Thursday morning

On Twitter, Trafficwatch NI is receiving reports that debris is causing problems on the M1 between Lurgan and Portadown, and that the main route between Draperstown and Tobermore impassable due to fallen tree.

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In Bangor, County Down, a fallen tree and fallen power lines are causing further disruption on the roads.

A 'Yellow' wind warning for Northern Ireland has been issued until 15:00 BST on Thursday.

A 'Status Orange' warning remains in place for parts of the west coast of the Republic of Ireland until 10:00 BST.