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Woman injured after tree falls on car as gale-force winds batter Northern Ireland

Winds cause trees to fall and building collapse in Co Down

A woman in her 30s had to be cut out of her car in Comber after a tree fell on the vehicle in high winds.

The tree crashed into the vehicle on the Belfast Road on Sunday sometime around 6.30pm.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service had to attend with cutting equipment to free the hurt woman.

A police spokesman said she was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were described as “serious but not-life threatening”.

The road was closed overnight as the conditions proved too dangerous for crews to continue working in in the dark.

The road reopened at around 11.30am on Monday after contractors cleared the area.

In Newtownards, a building has collapsed due to the gales. PSNI Ards had commented on social media on Sunday that South Street had to be closed after structural engineers deemed the site unsafe.

Diversions are in place and delays are expected, Trafficwatch NI advised on Twitter.

In Portaferry the A2 Cloughey Road was also closed for a period due to a fallen tree but has since reopened.

The strong winds are set to gradually ease on Monday, according to forecasters.

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