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Met Office upgrade weather warning in Armagh and Down to amber

The weather warning in place for Co Armagh has been upgraded from yellow to the more severe amber.

A warning had been in place from 6pm this evening (Tuesday), however, with Storm Eleanor approaching, the Met Office has opted to increase its alert.

The yellow warning remains in place across Northern Ireland, however, the Met Office forecasters says there will be a severe gale risk, this “mainly across the south, especially Armagh and Down”.

That warning means “flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life whilst some damage to buildings is likely”.

There will be some disruption to road, rail and air travel is likely and ferry services may be affected. There is a good chance that power cuts may occur with mobile phone coverage perhaps affected.

Along west-facing coasts, injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, seafronts and properties.

Emergency contacts:

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643

NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001

Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088

Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100

Housing Executive – 03448 920 901

Strong winds advice:

Keep your property in a well-maintained condition (for example  replace/ repair any loose roof tiles, guttering, and so on that could potentially come loose and cause injury or damage to property)

Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture, wheelie bins, trampolines, or anything else that could be blown around

Close and securely fasten doors and windows

Park vehicles in a garage (if you have one) or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls, and fences

Make sure you are prepared should there be a power cut

For more information and advice visit nidirect

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