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High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Storm Emily is set to hit parts of Northern Ireland on Wednesday night, bringing gale force winds of up to 80mph.

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning and said we could be in for more power cuts and transport disruption.

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has warned of a possibility of damage to the electricity network, especially in exposed northern and eastern locations.

A swathe of storm force winds is set to move in from the Atlantic and progress northwards with time, perhaps clipping the far north of Northern Ireland before moving to Scotland.

The Wednesday afternoon rush hour is predicted to be affected by a period of heavy rain.

Gusts of 70 to 80mph are expected to follow later in the evening, battering Counties Londonderry, Antrim and possibly parts of Tyrone.

The Met Office said the storm has the potential to bring some significant disruption: "Such winds will lead to very large waves with some coastal over-topping likely. Some heavy rain is also expected.

"The rain and the strongest winds will clear early on Thursday, giving way to blustery and wintry showers."

In the Republic of Ireland, Met Éireann has issued its highest level of warning for the north west counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Mayo.

The weather system has been named Storm Emily after Emily Brontë, the author who died on December 19, 165 years ago, and who wrote Wuthering Heights which featured constant stormy weather.

NIE says it has initiated an escalation plan and has emergency crews, engineers and call handlers on stand-by.

Customers who lose electricity supplies should contact 08457 643 643 or report it online at www.nie.co.uk. Updates will be posted on @NIElectricity.

Earlier this month 30,000 homes across Northern Ireland were left without power when high winds tore down electricity poles.

There was travel chaos as flights were delayed, sailings cancelled and numerous roads closed due to falling trees. The Christmas Market at Belfast City Hall was closed due to safety concerns.

In Pictures: Storm leaves thousands without power across NI and UK Close

Huge waves have turned Portstewart's play park into a swimming pool, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Huge waves have turned Portstewart's play park into a swimming pool, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Huge waves at Portstewart, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Huge waves at Portstewart, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Parked car at Donaghadee getting a free wash Pic Derek Polwin

Parked car at Donaghadee getting a free wash Pic Derek Polwin

Strong waves battered the north coast on Wednesday. Pic Evelyn McCullough

Strong waves battered the north coast on Wednesday. Pic Evelyn McCullough

High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

High winds and sea batter the Antrim coast road in Co Antrim. Thousands of homes are still without power in Northern Ireland after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles. Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds Ulster. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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Network Rail handout photo of a tree on the line, south of the Moulinearn level crossing, Perthshire as as strong winds batter the UK.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds. Photo credit should read: Network Rail/PA Wire

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Network Rail handout photo of a tree on the line, south of the Moulinearn level crossing, Perthshire as as strong winds batter the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds. Photo credit should read: Network Rail/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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An overturned lorry on the M6 by Junction 40 as strong winds batter the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

An overturned lorry on the M6 by Junction 40 as strong winds batter the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Winds. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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SALTBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Waves begin to break against Saltburn pier during the storm surge on December 5, 2013 in Saltburn, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

SALTBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Waves begin to break against Saltburn pier during the storm surge on December 5, 2013 in Saltburn, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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SALTBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Debris from the start of the storm surge covers a road near the Ship Inn on December 5, 2013 in Saltburn, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

SALTBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Debris from the start of the storm surge covers a road near the Ship Inn on December 5, 2013 in Saltburn, United Kingdom. Strong winds and big tides are expected to cause coastal flooding along many of the east coast of England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05:  A local resident fills sandbags on the beach on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: A local resident fills sandbags on the beach on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05:  Sandbags are placed to protect an amusement arcade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: Sandbags are placed to protect an amusement arcade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05:  Sandbags are placed to protect an amusement arcade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

GREAT YARMOUTH, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 05: Sandbags are placed to protect an amusement arcade on December 5, 2013 in Great Yarmouth, England. Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, the Environment Agency has given 42 severe floods warnings as a storm surge hits large parts of the UK. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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NORDDEICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05:  A man covers his face against the heavy wind and rain on North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades.  (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

NORDDEICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: A man covers his face against the heavy wind and rain on North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades. (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 5: A workmen starts to clear fallen trees and storm damage on Kelvin Way on December 5, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.Parts of the UK have suffered winds of up to 142mph today, causing travel disruptions, loss of power and one death in West Lothian, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 5: A workmen starts to clear fallen trees and storm damage on Kelvin Way on December 5, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.Parts of the UK have suffered winds of up to 142mph today, causing travel disruptions, loss of power and one death in West Lothian, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 5: Passersby pass fallen trees and storm damage on Kelvin Way on December 5, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. Parts of the UK have suffered winds of up to 142mph today, causing travel disruptions, loss of power and one death in West Lothian, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 5: Passersby pass fallen trees and storm damage on Kelvin Way on December 5, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. Parts of the UK have suffered winds of up to 142mph today, causing travel disruptions, loss of power and one death in West Lothian, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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NESSMERSIEL, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05:  Workers prepares a gate to the Harbour at the North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 in Nessmersiel near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades.  (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

NESSMERSIEL, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Workers prepares a gate to the Harbour at the North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 in Nessmersiel near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades. (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

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SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 05:  A flag is pictured against the storm clouds as plays is cancelled during the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 5, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 05: A flag is pictured against the storm clouds as plays is cancelled during the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 5, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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NORDDEICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05:  A ferryboat to the island of Juist remains in the harbour because of a severe weather warning for the North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades.  (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

NORDDEICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: A ferryboat to the island of Juist remains in the harbour because of a severe weather warning for the North Sea coastline on December 5, 2013 near Norddeich, Germany. Germany is bracing for "Xaver", a heavy storm meteorologists are predicting could be the most severe storm for the region in decades. (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

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©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press Belfast 05-12-2013: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has said 6,500 customers are without power after strong winds caused disruption to power supplies. High winds caused trees to fall on the Killyeagh Road blocking one lane outside Downpatrick .
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 05-12-2013: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has said 6,500 customers are without power after strong winds caused disruption to power supplies. High winds caused trees to fall on the Killyeagh Road blocking one lane outside Downpatrick . Picture By: Arthur Allison.

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Giants Causeway had some unbelievable waves this morning
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Giants Causeway had some unbelievable waves this morning ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013
Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast
Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard 5th December 2013 Last nights high winds up to 70 Miles an hour have caused trouble all over N.Ireland especially on the North Antrim Coast Portstewart children's "Pickie Pool" was flooded and the Cafe shutters blown off the hinges, and benches washed up on the rocks ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Main st. in Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

051213 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Parts of Portrush is closed off after tiles and parts of the building came off as the North Coast was battered by Gale Force winds. Hail Storms and strong winds still continue throughout the day. PHOTO: Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 5/12/2013 Stormy Winds hit Larne on the East Coast in Co Antrim  as strong winds cause disruption across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 5/12/2013 Stormy Winds hit Larne on the East Coast in Co Antrim as strong winds cause disruption across Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

John Hancock from Knocknagoney awoke this morning to his roof blowing off and pictured it hanging outside his bedroom window.

John Hancock from Knocknagoney awoke this morning to his roof blowing off and pictured it hanging outside his bedroom window.

Huge waves at the promenade in Portstewart, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Huge waves at the promenade in Portstewart, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

Huge waves have turned Portstewart's play park into a swimming pool, as pictured by Darron Mark of Bowline Images

 

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