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Heavy rain and gusts to batter Northern Ireland

Heavy rain and gusts of up to 60mph are set to batter Northern Ireland today.

Gusts and heavy rain had been forecast for last night and those conditions are set to continue.

Sarah Holland, from the Met Office, said there was no weather warning in place but that the province should expect a wet and windy couple of days.

She said: “The winds will be fairly strong, at least up to 55mph. There will also be heavy rain today which will continue into Saturday. The wind should, however, decrease by Saturday. Sunday should be the best day of the weekend.”

With heavy rain predicted, some areas of Northern Ireland may be susceptible to flash flooding. NI Direct has released its flooding helpline number for those who may be affected.

The flooding incident line number is 0300 2000 100.

P&O Ferries was not predicting any disruption, however a spokesman said customers should check the company’s website regularly for updates.

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Passengers are advised to keep up to date with flight information on Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport.

Neither airport had flight disruptions early last night.

The country ground to a halt before Christmas during some of the worst weather in 25 years, including plunging temperatures and feet of snow.

Air travel was heavily disrupted during the inclement December weather.

With hundreds of air passengers stranded, some for days in local and foreign airports.

As temperatures thawed thousands were then affected when burst pipes led to the water crisis.

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