Speedy Gonzalo to trail off this evening

Barnacle Geese fly over Malin Head.
Barnacle Geese fly over Malin Head.

The sporadic high winds and driving rain across the North West after Hurricane Gonzalo made landfall here are expected to taper off later today, the Met Office has confirmed.

A weather warning remains in place through until this evening.

Fears of widespread damage have failed to materialise so far although high winds uprooted a few trees in some areas and brought gusts of 75 miles per hour recorded at Malin Head.

There was also some flooding on roads overnight in Derry, including the bottom deck of Craigavon Bridge and part of the main Culmore to Muff road at the entrance to Culmore Point.

Last night the A5 Melmount Road was closed for a time after a two car crash between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge, while there also a serious crash involving a single vehicle at Castlederg yesterday.

Motorists have been urged to exert caution while driving on the road network across the north west today.

The Department for Regional Development in a statement said: “Trafficwatch NI said that a weather warning for very windy weather remains in place locally through until 6pm this evening.

In a statement she said: “The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday and there is a potential for localised disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places.

“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of flooding, while some damage to trees is possible.

“Gusts exceeding 50 mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas in the west and north.

“The winds are likely to affect the whole of Northern Ireland.”

Local people have been advised that in the event of flooding, if anyone is in need of rescue they should dial 999 or otherwise telephone the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.

The Flooding Incident Line provides the public with a single point of contact to report that their property is flooded or flooding.