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Northern Ireland weather on up after battering by Storm Deirdre

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A flooded field yesterday outside Crossgar, Co Down

A flooded field yesterday outside Crossgar, Co Down

A flooded field yesterday outside Crossgar, Co Down

The worst of the severe weather brought by Storm Deirdre is now "out of the way", the Met Office has said.

The fourth named storm of the season brought freezing rain, strong gales and snow to large parts of the UK on Saturday. In Northern Ireland winds reached speeds of 70mph on Saturday, and there was widespread flooding.

Storm Deirdre's arrival was also a blow to retailers on what should been a major pre-Christmas shopping day.

Three Irish Premiership games were called off, and in Scotland, where in some parts snow reached 50cm deep, thousands of homes lost power.

But Met Office metereologist Steven Keats said the weather was now "an improving picture".

"The worst of the weather is certainly out of the way now," he said.

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