Weather warnings remain in place across Derry city and the surrounding areas as a ‘weatherbomb’ continues to batter the coast.
The severe weather, which is expected to continue throughout Wednesday and into Thursday, is a result of a ‘weatherbomb’, an intense low-pressure system with a central pressure that falls 24 millibars in a 24-hour period.
As a result, the Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind which means they expect westerly winds will gust from 70-80mph at times and will be combined with exceptionally high waves. Their warning also says that ‘the public should be prepared for dangerous conditions, especially along causeways and coastal roads exposed to the west.’
The amber warning remains in place until 6pm today (Wednesday) while a yellow warning (which is less severe) remains in place until Thursday morning.
This means that waves will be unusually high, bringing the risk of localised flooding of roads and causeways, particularly in northern coasts of Northern Ireland.
The yellow warning also states that frequent wintry showers will also bring an additional hazard, mainly over higher ground and are advising the public to be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and perhaps also power supplies.