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Weather: Section of Co Down coastal road collapses following tidal surges

By John Mulgrew

A section of coastal road in Co Down has collapsed with motorists asked to avoid the area.

Part of the Shore Road in Ballyhalbert close to High Street has been affected, according to police.

The damage comes after records rain levels and tidal surges during the last few weeks.

It comes after the Whitechurch Road in nearby Ballywalter  suffered similar damage after collapsing last month. during Friday's storm.

The collapse required emergency repairs.

The latest effects from Northern Ireland's increasingly stormy weather comes as severe warnings of high winds and heavy rain were issued for today and tomorrow.

Forecasters have warned that a combination of large waves and high tides could cause flooding in coastal areas.

The Met Office warned of the potential for disruption due to the combination of high winds and rainfall of 10mm to 20mm in some places.

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