FLOOD WARNING FOR DERRY OVER PROLONGED HEAVY RAIN TODAY
DERRY home owners and businesses are being urged to brace themselves for more possible flooding.
It comes after the NI Weather & Flood Advisory Service issued a weather warning that heavy rainfall forecast for later today could last for up to nine hours and lead to a risk of flooding.
A Yellow rain warning of rain has now been been issued.
The Met Office’s chief forecaster has warned that between 30 and 40 mm of rain could fall between a six and nine hour period.
The NI Weather & Flood Advisory Service say in a statement: “”During Tuesday afternoon a low pressure system is expected to bring rain across all parts which will become heavy during the course of the afternoon, evening and overnight into Wednesday, we can possibly expect to get up to nine hours of rainfall, this will lead to a risk of flooding.
“Flood advisories/warnings may be issued.”
It added that overnight winds could reach up to 60 mph and in some places possibly 70 mph.
“The high winds can be expected later into the evening and overnight with gusts up to 60mph in places possibly 70mph in exposed areas,” it said.
“This combined with heavy rain will make for some difficult travelling conditions, possibly disruption to travel especially ferry services along with risk of localised interruptions to power supplies.
“Risk of downed trees will be an additional hazard due to the fact most trees are still in full leaf.
“The public are advised to take extra care if travelling and to avoid flooded roads.”
Rain warning valid from 2 pm today, Tuesday, September 12 until 6 am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13.
The wind warning valid from 8 pm today until 11 am tomorrow.