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Strong winds and lashing rain cause chaos across Northern Ireland

By Nevin Farrell

Published 09/11/2015

Flooding on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast after heavy rain on Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Flooding on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast after heavy rain on Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Flooding on the Andersonstown Road in West Belfast during the heavy rain on November 8, 2015 Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Flooding on the Andersonstown Road in West Belfast during the heavy rain on November 8, 2015 Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Heavy rain and strong winds created chaos in parts of Northern Ireland yesterday as autumn finally showed its true colours after a couple of months of unseasonably mild weather.

One of the worst-hit areas was Newry, where Doran's Hill was flooded and some vehicles were stranded as deep water built up.

An eyewitness said: "The road was impassable for a stage and at least two vehicles got stuck in the water and had to be pushed out. It was torrential in Newry for a time."

Newry councillor Kevin McAteer said there were overflowing manholes at Barrack Street in the city.

The Church Rock road in Camlough near Newry was closed last night after an embankment slipped. There was also flooding due to an overwhelmed stream on the Newry Road in Camlough.

There was minor flooding in some areas of Belfast, with the Andersonstown Road under water.

The rain also swept through Ballymena where newsagent Eugene Diamond said it seemed as if "five months rain fell in five minutes" at Broughshane Street.

The terrible weather also played havoc at Remembrance Day services across the province.

The forecast for today is cloudy with outbreaks of rain. "Rain heavier at first then becoming drier around the middle of the day before more persistent rain returns in the afternoon," a spokesman said. He said the outlook for Tuesday to Thursday is for the "unsettled conditions continuing".

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