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Amber weather warning issued as Storm Hector headed for Northern Ireland

Exposed locations could see winds of up to 70mph.

An amber weather warning has been issued with winds of up to 70mph expected to hit Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said Storm Hector will bring very windy weather to Northern Ireland on Thursday morning, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph possible for a time.

An amber weather warning is in place between 4am and 9am on Thursday with a yellow warning in place between 3am and 3pm.

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The Met Office said that longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.

There will probably be some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs. There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties and disruption to outdoor activities is also likely, with damage to tents, marquees and other temporary structures.

Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life.

"A deep area of low pressure, now named Storm Hector, will bring a very windy spell to much of the north of the UK on Thursday, as noted in a separate yellow warning," a Met Office spokesperson said.

"Parts of Northern Ireland look most likely to see the strongest winds during the early part of the morning, including the rush hour. Westerly winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph widely, though gusts of 70 mph are likely for a time in northern and western parts, especially, but not exclusively, along the north coast.

"These strongest winds will ease somewhat by mid-morning, though it will remain windy and the yellow warning remains in force into the afternoon."

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