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Power cuts as Barbara breezes in

Northern Ireland was battered by Storm Barbara, but emerged relatively unscathed.

Weather warnings were in place across the UK and Republic yesterday.

Ferry companies operated as normal with some delays, but the Rathlin Island crossing was cancelled due to the weather conditions.

While things are expected to improve today, another warning is in force for tomorrow when Storm Conor hits the province.

Around 1,000 homes suffered power cuts yesterday and trees were reported to have blown over in counties Down and Tyrone.

One fallen tree caused traffic disruption on the Rostrevor Road in Warrenpoint for a while in the morning. Another one fell on the Ballinderry Bridge Road near Ballinderry in Co Tyrone.

Meanwhile, in Lisburn Storm Barbara blew over the Christmas tree outside the city's Tesco store.

Wind speeds reached almost 120mph on the summit of Cairn Gorm in the Highlands, while speeds of 74mph on South Uist, 67mph in Stornoway on Lewis and 66mph on Fair Isle in Shetland were also recorded, according to the Met Office.

From Tuesday, December 27 onwards indications are that high pressure will once again start to dominate, bringing more settled weather with the risk of overnight fog for southern areas while parts of the north remain blustery.

Storm Conor is the third storm of the 2016/17 winter. The other two storms were Angus and Barbara, while the one after Conor will be Storm Doris. NI Electricity said it was prepared for blackouts and had initiated a plan with emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on standby.

Damage can be reported on 03457 643 643.

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