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Heavy rain warning for Northern Ireland as Storm Imogen hits UK

By Angela Rainey

Published 09/02/2016

Waves crash over the harbour wall at Newhaven
Waves crash over the harbour wall at Newhaven
A woman leans into the wind at Brighton
An overturned lorry at Newquay and flooded roads in Dorset

Heavy rain is expected this morning as Northern Ireland battens down the hatches for Storm Imogen - the ninth to batter the UK in a matter of months.

A yellow warning of rain - meaning be aware - is in force until 10am for all counties except Down.

The Met Office said the front will move south later this morning with rain clearing.

Tens of thousands of people were left without power as Storm Imogen battered Great Britain, with hurricane-force winds reaching speeds of almost 100mph.

Coastal communities in Wales and southern England bore the brunt of the weather that tore in from the Atlantic, leaving 15,000 homes without power and creating severe problems for travel routes. In Cornwall an RSPCA inspector is missing after going to rescue sea birds on Sunday afternoon.

In the Republic, more than 5,000 homes lost power, with reports of hurricane-force winds of almost 196kph.

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