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Weather warning issued for heavy rain in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has been issued with another yellow weather warning for heavy rain.

Areas which will be affected are County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry & County Tyrone.

The downfalls of rain will take place from 11am to 11pm on Friday.

Some heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop during the day.

Given the recent weather - there is the possibility of localised flooding of homes and businesses as well as susceptible roads.

Rain across southern areas will turn more showery later this morning, with heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms developing through the afternoon, before dying out slowly this evening.

Although some places will be dry, there is the potential for 10-15mm of rain within an hour from the heavier showers and very locally 25mm in 2 to 3 hours.

It comes after more than 100 people had to be rescued from cars and houses due to sudden flash flooding in Donegal, Tyrone and Derry on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Work is still be carried out by the department's roads and rivers teams to help those most affected and at risk.

More than 8,000 sandbags have been distributed since Tuesday, with stocks being replenished in anticipation of any further flooding.

These sandbags will be made available at locations where there is significant risk to life or damage to property from flooding.

A heavy deluge of rain saw cars, roads and bridges washed away; thousands left without power; the City of Derry Airport closed; and emergency flood plans activated by local councils.

In total 93 people were rescued by the Fire and Rescue Service, with dozens more being given assistance by the Coastguard.

Questions were raised by political leaders in Northern Ireland about the adequacy of the response to the flash flooding.

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