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.
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