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A fallen tree hits a lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
A fallen tree hits a lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Emergency Services attend the scene at the Entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh in Co Armagh. An engineer died after a tree fall. Pic Newraypics.com
Whiterocks beach during Storm Ali. Credit: Jamie Russell
General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province. Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye ©
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
19th September 2018 General views of a tree that has fallen at the Albert Clock in Belfast as Storm Ali batters the province. Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
19th September 2018 General views of a tree that has fallen at the Albert Clock in Belfast as Storm Ali batters the province. Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
Pacemaker Press 19/08/2018 A fallen tree hits a oil lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Thirty-two thousand homes across Northern Ireland are without electricity as Storm Ali intensifies. An amber weather warning is in place and wind gusts of up to 65mph are expected inland. Higher gusts are likely in the north west and north coast. The storm is due to reach its peak before 12:00 BST. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Clear up begins in Bedford Street Belfast as storm Ali takes it's toll. Pic Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Clear up begins in Bedford Street Belfast as storm Ali takes it's toll.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Lorry hit by falling tree on Osbourne Park, Belfast. Driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Lorry hit by falling tree on Osbourne Park, Belfast. Driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th September 2018 Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/9/2018 The m1 near Lisburn is a standstill due to fallen cable which closed the motorway in both direction causing major delays to motorists. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th September 2018 Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A tree down on the main A44 into Ballycastle. Pic Ben Tucker
Storm Ali batters the County Antrim coastline Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 19/9/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Graham Curry Strong winds on the Ards peninsula this morning as Storm Ali hits the Portaferry Road on the outskirts of Newtownards in Co. Down
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © M1 Motorway is closed westbound from Black's Road Dunmurry and east bound from Saintfield Road due to fallen cables. Motorists should seek alternative routes. Saintfield Road is also closed at the junction of the old Ballynahinch Road due to a fallen tree. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution in adverse weather conditions. Police are advising motorists to stay in their vehicles.
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Northern Ireland is braced for the first big storm of the season with an amber warning issued for high winds and heavy showers throughout today.

Storm Ali is set to blow in from 8am, with the Met Office amber alert in place until 5pm. BBC NI forecaster Cecilia Daly explained: "This is the first named storm of the year, and it's only when the warning reaches amber level that the naming kicks in.

"The warning has been issued between 8am and 5pm and we're expecting the east coast area and the Ards peninsula to see winds gusting up to 75mph.

"At this time of year it's particularly dangerous as we're just into autumn and the leaves are still on the trees, so the wind causes extra momentum.

"We can expect more trees to come down because of that extra weight - more than if we had the same wind speed in the middle of winter.

"Anyone with summer furniture, bins or trampolines in the garden should be careful not to get caught unawares.

"The strongest winds will hit during the morning rush hour and through lunchtime, but there could be strong isolated gusts anywhere across the country."

Daly added: "We don't actually see amber warnings that often so obviously people should exercise caution as the first 'big blow' of the autumn can cause extra damage."

The Met Office warned: "Strong winds affecting Northern Ireland early in the day will continue to strengthen through the morning.

"Road, rail, air, and ferry services are likely to be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations a possibility. Roads and bridges may close, with fallen trees expected.

"The public is also advised to take care near to the coastline, with injuries from large waves and beach material being thrown onto the seafront.

"Power services could be impacted, with other services like mobile phone coverage also potentially affected."

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