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Severe weather expected to wreak havoc across county Armagh

Batten down the hatches as the we brace ourselves for the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo that looks set to batter the island in the small hours of tomorrow morning.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning from midnight tonight through to 6pm tomorrow evening.

Armagh City councillor Thomas O’Hanlon has issued important advice to those who may be affected.

“Roads Service have staff on standby overnight in Armagh should roads become flooded and/or blocked. Sand Bags have also been made available if your home/property is at risk of flooding.

“These will be available from the Roads Service at Ballnahonemore Road, Armagh their Out of Hours Service can be contacted on (028)3752 9500 and the Floodline is 0300 2000 100.

“The strongest winds are expected after the rain clears and winds veer North-Westerly through Tuesday morning with gusts exceeding 55 mph so please be very careful on the roads tonight and tomorrow.”

NIE can be contacted on 03457 643643 and if you notice a tree down and blocking a road the PSNI can be contacted on 101.

Councillor O’Hanlon can also be contacted on his mobile at 077 4393 0427.

A spokesperson for the MET office, said: “Whilst Monday night will see wet and windy conditions sweeping eastwards, the strongest winds are expected to occur after the rain clears and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning.

“Gusts exceeding 55 mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70 mph gusts in some exposed coastal areas in the west and possibly to around 80 mph further north towards the Scottish coast.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees. Difficult driving conditions will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places.

“This is a further update of the warning first issued on Saturday, now including central areas of Scotland, where latest evidence suggests an increased risk of localised disruption.”

Craigavon Roads Service is 028 38338521

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