28/10/2004

Gale force winds hit NI

Gusts of up to 60mph were recorded in some parts of Northern Ireland overnight as storms swept across the British Isles.

While Northern Ireland escaped the worst of the stormy weather, heavy rain still affected many areas of the province including the Foyle Bridge in Londonderry. It was forced to close because of both high winds and rain, and was reopened on Thursday morning.

The Republic of Ireland faired less well with 5,000 people thought to be affected by an electricity blackout in cities and towns along the south coast of the country.

The worst-affected areas were thought to be Waterford, Cork and Dublin, with fallen trees and floods causing havoc for motorists and public transport users.

Forecasters predict more strong winds and rain tonight however not on the scale of Wednesday.

(MB/GMCG)

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