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Cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Damage to a road next to the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Damage to a road next to the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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People look at trees and vehicles in the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

People look at trees and vehicles in the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Two men look at cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two men look at cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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A collapsed road in the village of Claudy, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

A collapsed road in the village of Claudy, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Trees and vehicles in the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Trees and vehicles in the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

The scene in Claudy after after overnight weather caused major disruption.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye

The downpours from the Atlantic Ocean hit Co Donegal before moving across Northern Ireland

The downpours from the Atlantic Ocean hit Co Donegal before moving across Northern Ireland

Heavy rain brings chaos to  Northern Ireland

Heavy rain brings chaos to Northern Ireland

Flooding on the main Derry to Buncrana Road at Skeoge Roundabout.

Flooding on the main Derry to Buncrana Road at Skeoge Roundabout.

Flooding in Galliagh Park, Londonderry. This gentleman evacuated his mother-in-law as fears of water getting into houses after a manhole cover started spewing up water.

Flooding in Galliagh Park, Londonderry. This gentleman evacuated his mother-in-law as fears of water getting into houses after a manhole cover started spewing up water.

Flooding on the main Derry to Letterkenny Road.

Flooding on the main Derry to Letterkenny Road.

Cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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.

Belfast Telegraph