Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Storms batter Northern Ireland

A tree on Sandbrook Park in east Belfast fell on two cars during gale force winds
A lorry lies on its side after being blown over in high winds on the A66, County Durham, as fierce storms battered Britain today, with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 85mph
An advertising board lies on the ground in a petrol station in Glasgow city centre, as fierce storms battered Britain today, with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 85mph

Strong winds are causing disruption across Northern Ireland today with the Met Office warning of gusts of up to 90mph.

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The ferry crossing from Larne to Cairnryan has been suspended, while roads have been closed across the region, with police urging motorists to be cautious on other routes.

Fallen trees have caused damage to properties and have blocked roads.

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) also said fallen branches and trees had already damaged power lines, disrupting electricity supplies in some areas.

It said hundreds of extra engineers had been called in to cope with any major problems.

Spokesman Sara McClintock said: "Customers should take precautionary measures in the event of a power cut."

Meanwhile, the storms have forced a further delay in plans to deal with a damaged oil tanker in Belfast Lough.

After the vessel suffered a crack in its upperdeck, its 54,000 tonnes of oil was to be transferred to a separate carrier.

The task should have started on Monday, but has now been delayed because of the weather.

A spokesman said there was currently no risk to the environment and officials wanted to wait until conditions were calmer.

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