Northern Ireland

Severe wind warning issued for Northern Ireland

High waves
Image caption The wind warning follows the warmest Christmas Day on record in Northern Ireland

A Met Office amber severe weather warning remains in place with strong winds causing problems across Northern Ireland.

Winds of 70mph and possibly as high as 80mph are expected and the public has been warned of possible damage to trees and property in Antrim and Londonderry.

The wind brought down scaffolding in Portrush and the town's Mark Street was been closed for a period.

The Rathlin ferry service has been cancelled because of the weather.

In Derry, a 30-mile-an-hour speed limit was in force on the Foyle Bridge but this has now ended.

The Rathlin ferry service has been cancelled because of the weather.

A fallen electricity pole and cables caused the closure of Fernisky Road at Kells, County Antrim.

A gust of 79mph was recorded at Derry's Eglinton Airport, 1mph higher than a gust logged at 10:00 GMT at Malin Head.

BBC NI weather presenter Angie Phillips said the highest winds should peak during the afternoon, before moderating during the evening and overnight, although it would remain windy.

"Squally showers will run through on the strong winds with some heavy and mixed with hail or thunder," Ms Philips said.

"It will be bright between the showers but colder today at 7 or 8 Celsius."