Flood and rain warnings across NI

Flood and rain warnings across NI

Police have warned drivers to exercise caution across the whole of Northern Ireland as heavy wind, rain and snow are expected to cause severe disruption.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain and flooding and police are warning of hazardous driving conditions affecting many routes across the region.In Co Londonderry, the Glenshane Pass was closed for a period due to heavy snow, however, long delays remain in the area. Drivers have also been advised to drive with care on the Windyhill Road in Limavady.In Co Down, the main road between Rostrevor and Warrenpoint, which partly collapsed earlier this week because of the weather, remains hazardous for motorists and the police are advising those using it to drive with care.In Co Antrim, the Templepatrick Road and Ballypalady Road roundabouts. Lower Rashee Road in Ballyclare, has also been closed because of the weather.The Antrim Road, Templepatrick, also Co Antrim, has also been closed because of flooding.A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police are appealing to all motorists on roads throughout the province due to the adverse weather conditions and surface water to exercise caution, slow down, use your dipped headlights and keep a safe distance from the car in front."Meanwhile, Ulster's rugby match against Scarlets at Ravenhill has been called off after the referee deemed the pitch unplayable.It's hoped the RaboDirect PRO12 game can be re-scheduled for Saturday.A yellow warning for rain is in place, with heavy downpours moving in from the south on Friday afternoon and continuing into the evening.Around 10 to 20mm of rain is expected to fall during the course of the day and right across the region.In northern areas the rain could turn to snow.Forecasters said the already saturated ground could leave some areas vulnerable to flooding and have in place a yellow warning for snow.Strong winds are also expected across parts of the country.Saturday looks set to start off dry, with wind and rain picking up later in the day.In the past week heavy rains and subsequent flooding has caused devastation in parts of the Republic and in southern parts of the UK.Met Éireann put in place a red alert - the highest warning - urging people to take action and secure properties ahead of the storm and Gardaí issued a state of emergency in localised areas.On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people were left without power in the aftermath of the storm which hit large parts of the country.Engineers from Northern Ireland Electricity were dispatched to the south for the repair and clear-up operation.It's expected that repairs could continue into next week.Wing mirror, Glenshane Pass (I am parked, handbrake on, haven't moved in 20 minutes). pic.twitter.com/H0498y1SeF— Patricia MacBride (@IRLPatricia) February 14, 2014

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