Weather wreaks havoc in parts of NI

Published Saturday, 01 February 2014
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Heavy rain, high tides and strong winds have caused havoc in parts of Northern Ireland.

Weather wreaks havoc in parts of NI
The Met Office and police have warned of hazardous conditions. (© Getty)

The strong winds and high seas have affected travel along coastal regions in parts of Northern Ireland, mainly in Co Down.

Roads have been closed in Warrenpoint, Newcastle and Newry because of flooding and water breaching sea walls.

The high tide also disrupted the Strangford Lough Ferry with the service suspended for a time on Saturday.

And in Belfast, Victoria Park was closed during the morning because of an expected high tide.

It was later reopened to the public in the afternoon.

A police spokesman advised motorists to be careful while driving during the deteriorating conditions.

In sport, three Irish Premiership games were called off because of the weather.

The games between Ballinamallard United and Crusaders at Ferney Park and Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine at Stangmore Park were postponed along with Glenavon's match with Ards at Mourneview.

All three pitches were deemed waterlogged by the match officials.

The Intermediate Cup fourth round game between Institute and Crumlin Star was also called off and is due to be played next Saturday.

In GAA, Down's game against Monaghan at Pairc Esler, was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

The National League game has been rescheduled for Sunday at 2pm.

Cavan's game against Fermanagh has also been postponed until Sunday.

Meanwhile, in parts of the Republic, families had to be rescued from their homes because of gale force winds, heavy rain and serious flooding in several areas.

Thousands of people were also left without power during the disruption in Co Clare.

Limerick was among the areas worst hit with emergency services working flat out in a number of housing estates where people were left trapped in their homes.

Some residents managed to wade through the water to reach safe ground.

With winds gusting at up to 75 mph Met Eireann issued a status orange weather warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht and parts of Ulster.

Parts of Galway city and Tralee, Co Kerry were also flooded and emergency crews helped provide sandbags in Cork city as a stretch of the River Lee overflowed its banks.

AA Roadwatch warned drivers to be careful because of the worsening weather and several flights from Dublin Airport to the UK, Paris and Madrid had to be cancelled.

The Met Office has a yellow warning in place for strong winds in parts of Northern Ireland.

Winds could reach speeds of around 70mph in exposed coastal regions, forecasters have said.

The combination of very strong winds, large waves and high tides will lead to hazardous conditions at times in some coastal areas.

Winds are expected to ease in the early hours of Sunday.

© UTV News
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