Northern Ireland

Ferries cancelled as NI travel disrupted by 70mph winds

Lough Neagh
Image caption High winds whipping up waves on Lough Neagh

Adverse weather has disrupted travel across Northern Ireland after winds of up to 70mph were forecast.

The Met Office issued an amber warning over the winds which are expected through the late morning and afternoon.

They warned that branches and trees may come down and there may be minor structural damage to some properties.

P&O Express ferries from Larne, Troon and Cairnryan, the Stenaline Belfast to Stranraer sailings and the Rathlin Island boats have all been cancelled.

A spokesperson for P&O said there was a revised conventional sailing schedule between Larne and Cairnryan subject to weather.

"Passengers are advised to check in at their original reporting times to be accommodated on the next available sailing and expect long delays.

They also advised people not to travel to the port unless they are prepared for long delays.

BBC Weather presenter Angie Phillips said the Met Office warning is in place for exceptionally high winds.

"The amber warning means we need to be prepared for some disruption, such as ferries being cancelled or delayed, high cross-winds, debris on roads from branches and trees coming down, and the possibility of some minor structural damage to buildings, perhaps damage to roof tiles."