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Gale warning: Northern Ireland battens down the hatches

Published 17/11/2010 | 10:33

Storm winds and heavy rain hit affect parts of Northern Ireland
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th November 2010. Storm winds and heavy rain hit affect parts of Northern Ireland. People make their way to work across the Albert Bridge in Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th November 2010. Storm winds and heavy rain hit affect parts of Northern Ireland. A wind swept lady makes her way along the towpath beside the River Lagan in Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th November 2010. Storm winds and heavy rain hit affect parts of Northern Ireland. A wind swept lady makes her way along the towpath beside the River Lagan in Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th November 2010. Storm winds and heavy rain hit affect parts of Northern Ireland. A member of the public makes her way along Bedford Street in Belfast City Centre.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/11/09Sever flooding in Co Fermanagh from the air. Farm land and out buildings were worst affected in this area.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen
Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre
Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea
Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre
Staff at the Share Centre, Irelands' Largest Residential Outdoor Activity Centre based in Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea on the edge of Upper Lough Erne, pictured rowing through the reception area
A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre
A Rivers Agency worker helps a stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
A Rivers Agency worker using sandbags and waterpumps to stop a river overflowing at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
Chris McHugh with his son Jacob aged 14 months, on the flooded Samsonagh road near his home in Co Fermanagh
A farmer on the flooded Samsonagh road near Co Fermanagh
A school bus from Killyhommon Primary School, Co Fermanagh, makes its way through a flooded road
Rescue personnel conduct a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth
Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10
A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West. 30.3.10
Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10
Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre
A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather
Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland. The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010
A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
Heavy rain and wind in Belfast
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Gale force winds of up to 60mph were expected to batter parts of Northern Ireland today as more autumn gales lashed the country.



The MET office issued a severe weather warning, with grim predictions of strong winds and heavy rain throughout much of today following on from last night’s unsettled weather.

Counties Antrim, Down and Londonderry were expected to suffer the worst of the adverse conditions with up to an inch of heavy rain forecast to fall during the day.

All Stenaline crossings between Larne and Stranraer were cancelled because of the strong winds, while P&O have advised conventional ferry passengers travelling between Larne and Cairnryan to expect disruptions. Sailings between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle have also been cancelled.

“It is very windy out there with strong southerly winds and local gales particularly along the coast,” a spokesman for Meteogroup, the Press Association’s weather forecasters, said.

“The winds will turn lighter and rain patchier throughout the afternoon and it should brighten up later in the day.

“However the unsettled weather is likely to continue into Thursday. It will still be pretty blustery with winds of up to 50mph in the morning but easing later in the afternoon. There will also be more showers and longer spells of rain.”

Meanwhile the PSNI has urged drivers, particularly those in high sided vehicles, to take extreme care on the roads.

“We are asking motorists to drive slowly, use dipped headlights and remember others are using the road,” a police spokeswoman said.

The Roads Service said a number of trees had fallen overnight and warned of some flooding and debris on the roads.

“Heavy rain is falling across the road network,” a Traffic Watch NI spokeswoman said. “Extra care should be taken due to the risk of surface water and flooding.”

This is the second major storm to hit Northern Ireland in recent days. Last week more than 6,000 homes were left without electricity after high winds affected the network.

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