Flooding in Northern Ireland as Franklin blows in yet another storm warning

Northern Ireland has an amber storm warning for this morning, after flooding in places yesterday.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 21st February 2022, 12:55 am
Updated Monday, 21st February 2022, 12:57 am

Storm Franklin is set to strike the Province and rest of UK days after Storm Eunice destroyed buildings and left 1.4 million homes without power.

The Met Office said wind in Northern Ireland could cause “travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property” until 7am.

Gusts of 60-70mph are predicted to hit inland NI in the early hours of this morning, while 80mph speeds are expected on the coast.

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The Moyola River burst its banks yesterday, flooding the Clooney Road and Island Road, making them impassable. Fields around Tobermore flooded. Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Milder yellow warnings for wind cover England, Wales and south-west Scotland for midday until 3pm today.

Heavy rain yesterday caused flooding in parts of the Province, such as Tobermore in Co Londonderry.

Police warned motorists that the Moyola River had burst its banks, flooding the Clooney Road and Island Road, making them impassable. In Omagh, efforts were being made to stop the Drumragh River from overflowing.

There was also water lying in places such as Castlederg in Co Tyrone and power outages in locations such as Lisburn and Ballynahinch in Co Down.

Some Irish Sea ferry services have been cancelled due to adverse conditions.

Environment agencies also issued hundreds of alerts for flooding across the UK.

Storm Dudley also hit parts of the UK last week, and meteorologist Becky Mitchell said three named storms in such quick succession is a first in at least seven years.

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