Gales cause further major disruption across the north west

Waves almost 10 metres high were recorded along the coast this morning.
Waves almost 10 metres high were recorded along the coast this morning.

Powerful gales continue to batter the North West this morning, with flooding, power outages and traffic chaos across the region.

Gusts of up to 130 kilometres were recorded this morning at Malin Head, resulting in waves of almost 10 metres off the coast of Ireland’s most northerly point.

In Derry the rush hour traffic was grinding to a standstill across much of the city after the Foyle Bridge was closed due to winds of up to 70 miles per hour rushing in from the west.

Traffic was backed up at Crescent Link, Culmore, Madams Bank, Caw and Limavady Road.

Meanwhile Traffic Watch NI has confirmed that the old Letterkenny Road and the Ardlough Road in Derry are both closed because of fallen trees.

In Strabane meanwhile the Leckpatrick Road is also closed due to a fallen electricity pole.

Flooding as a result of the melting snows combined with heavy showers has caused further problems on the roads everywhere from Inishowen to County Derry.

In Donegal around 12,000 people, mostly in the Gweedore, Glenties and Derrybeg areas were this morning still without power after high winds caused widespread outages.

This followed outages in Burnfoot and Bridgend for a time yesterday.

In Limavady around 1,000 homes were also left without power yesterday evening for a time, although all these areas had power restored as of last night.

Across Inishowen most schools remain closed today, while north of the border almost all schools have been confirmed as reopening.

This follows widespread closures yesterday on both sides of the border due to the heavy snowfall.

A number of mobile phone masts are also not tramsitting in parts of Donegal.

At City of Derry airport there were some short delays this morning but all scheduled flights are still on. At Donegal Airport meanwhile, flights to and from Dublin was cancelled.

In the event of flooding in the north, if anyone is in need of rescue dial 999 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.