AMBER WEATHER WARNING FOR DERRY AS FLOODED ROADS REMAIN CLOSED
THE Met Office has issued an amber weather warning in place for the next few days across Derry.
Even though the worst of Storm Eleanor has passed, it has left a trail of winds in its wake sweeping in from the Atlantic with heavy and prolonged showers..
More heavy rain is forecast for the Thursday and Friday before some dry weather is predicted for the weekend.
The Met Office’s chief forescaster says:
“Storm Eleanor is now over the North Sea and will continue to move slowly away eastwards through today.
“Although winds are not expected to be as strong as Tuesday evening and last night it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake.
“Gusts on Wednesday are expected to reach 45 to 50 mph in places inland while along the coasts gusts as high as 65 mph are likely.
“Winds will slowly ease from the west through the day although a second peak in winds speeds is expected across the North of Ireland for a time during the mid to late afternoon.’
“Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are also possible, and there is also the potential for some short term loss of power supplies.”
Meanwhile the PSNI in Derry are advising motorists to take care on the roads.
A spokesperson said: “Due to the impact of storm Eleanor on the road network Police are advising motorists to reduce their speed and exercise caution on the roads this morning.
“While most main routes are open and passable with care, road users should be aware that a number of minor roads across Northern Ireland are still closed due to fallen trees and other debris.
“Details of road closures due to Storm Eleanor can be found below:
- C555 Iniscarn Road, Draperstown – Closed. Diversion in place
- B49 Church Street Claudy – Collapsed bridge
- U1180 Glenrandal Rd, Park – Collapsed bridge
- U1166 Ballybogie Rd Drumahoe
- U1136 Gorticross Road Drumahoe is closed.