Northern Ireland braces for wrath of Storm Barney
Storm Barney wreaked havoc in England and Wales yesterday - and now it's our turn to feel his wrath.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for south-westerly gales that will sweep into Northern Ireland from noon today, bringing gusts of up to 70mph around the north coast.
Drivers have been warned to prepare for difficult driving conditions and the risk of travel disruption as a result of surface water flooding on the roads.
Meanwhile, a warning by the Environment Agency to avoid hazardous conditions was echoed by Northern Ireland's Coastguard, who are facing Storm Force 11 gales on the Irish Sea followed by a series of lows.
A spokesman said: "We would definitely be advising people not to be putting themselves in danger. Waves can come in sequences and there can be a big one amongst many small ones, so don't be going near water or cliff edges where the waves could wash you off."
Issuing a severe weather warning, the Met Office said southwesterly gales will develop today, becoming severe in exposed areas during the afternoon and evening.