Gale force winds warning for NI

Published Monday, 03 February 2014
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A severe weather warning for high winds on Monday is causing coastal flooding in parts of Co Down.

Gale force winds warning for NI
Stormy winds hit the Antrim Coast Road at Larne in December. (© Pacemaker)

The gale force winds began in the early hours of the morning and are expected to last most of the day.

The Roads Service are advising motorists to exercise caution when travelling.

In Co Down, due to the adverse weather, the Warrenpoint to Rostrevor Road is closed and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.

Tullylish Road, Gilford was closed for a time due to a tree falling in the area, but has since reopened.

In south Armagh, Carrickrovaddy Road in Belleek has been closed between Blackbridge Road and the A25 Newry Road due to trees causing a danger to overhead lines.

A yellow 'Be Aware' warning is in place throughout Northern Ireland.

The UK MET Office predicted:"Coastal and hill top gusts of 50-60 mph are expected quite widely whilst inland gusts are likely to reach 45-50 mph."

"High tides and large waves will lead to the risk of minor coastal flooding, mainly due to wave and spray overtopping, whilst a spell of heavy rain is likely before winds come down.

"The gales will ease across Northern Ireland and Southwest Scotland in the early afternoon and over the Hebrides by the evening."

Meanwhile, in the Republic, there is a status orange alert right around the coast for gale force winds.

Coastal flooding was expected due to the high winds coinciding with Monday morning's high tide.

The worst affected areas at present are Cork city, Galway city and the coastlines of counties Waterford and Wexford.

© UTV News
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