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Disruption as Northern Ireland battles strong winds and rain

There was widespread disruption across Northern Ireland on Saturday as the public battled strong winds and rain.

In Londonderry, Derry City and Strabane District Council made the decision to temporarily close its Winterland Market in Guildhall Square.

The market reopened on Saturday evening, but a Christmas procession planned for 6pm was cancelled.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused, a council spokesperson said that the decision was made in the interests of the health and safety of the public.

In the Irish League, Newry City's home game against Linfield, Ballymena against Institute and Glentoran against Warrenpoint were postponed following pitch inspections.

The PSNI warned drivers to take extra care on the roads due to the weather conditions.

"Drivers please take care when out on the roads today. Strong winds and surface water are making driving conditions hazardous. Make sure your lights are working, slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front," a PSNI spokesperson said.

A number of roads in the Ballynahinch, Saintfield and Downpatrick areas were closed due to flooding, including the main road between Downpatrick and Ballynahinch.

Police also attended a road traffic collision on Portaferry Road, Co Down, close to Mount Stewart.

A car ended up on its roof after crashing on the A1 in wet conditions. Nobody was injured in the crash.

A yellow warning for Northern Ireland came into effect at 6am and lasted until 6pm on Saturday.

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