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Belfast sounds off over early morning fog horn alarm call

Published 02/10/2015

The sounds of ships passing in the morning caused a stir.
The sounds of ships passing in the morning caused a stir.

For the second day in a row Belfast was given a rude awakening call as fog horns sounded around the city.

As thick dense fog blanketed the city the Twitterati vented their displeasure at the early morning alarm call.

A spokesman for Belfast Harbour added: “Vessels operating in restricted visibility are required by international law to use fog horns or other sound signals as a safety measure. 

"Belfast Harbour itself discontinued the use of fog horns several years ago.”

For the past couple of days, the fog has brought visibility down to just a few yards with travel at a virtual crawl.

Roads, flights and sea travel have all been disrupted.

The unusual conditions have been brought about by a high-pressure weather system which has also led to the sunny afternoons.

It is expected to last until Sunday, when normal service will resume.

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