Calmer day ahead af­ter heavy rain and winds

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DAVID YOUNG

DRIV­ING rain and gale-force winds bat­tered North­ern Ire­land yes­ter­day, with more than an inch of rain fall­ing.

How­ever, weather fore­cast­ers said to­day should be brighter, sun­nier and calmer.

With yel­low warn­ings for strong winds and heavy rain in place yes­ter­day from 1pm un­til mid­night, peo­ple were warned of travel de­lays, large waves in coastal ar­eas, lo­calised flood­ing, power cuts and fallen trees.

Some flights at Belfast In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Belfast City Air­port were hit be­cause of the con­di­tions, while of­fi­cials urged the pub­lic not to visit coun­try parks, na­ture re­serves or forests while the yel­low warn­ing re­mained in place.

The PSNI said the Newry Road in Rath­fri­land was im­pass­able at one stage, urg­ing mo­torists to avoid the area. Di­ver­sions were in place.

Flood­ing was re­ported on part of the A2 Belfast-Ban­gor road, caus­ing tail­backs, while at Sea­park near Car­rick­fer­gus a fallen tree blocked the Belfast-bound lane of the main road.

Translink re­ported no dis­rup­tion to rail ser­vices, but as traf­fic be­gan to build dur­ing the evening rush hour in Belfast, the trans­port op­er­a­tor flagged de­lays to its Metro ser­vices.

Elec­tric­ity op­er­a­tor SONI tweeted that the blus­tery weather meant that 75% of lo­cal elec­tric­ity was be­ing pro­duced by wind power.

This week­end, how­ever, is ex­pected to see some improve­ment as the band of heavy rain passes over North­ern Ire­land and moves north-east over the North Chan­nel.

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