Coastal roads closed due to severe flooding, roads closed by fallen trees, PSNI urge caution amid gale warning

The PSNI has urged drivers to exercise caution after flooding closed a series of coastal roads across Co Down, amid Met Office warnings of high gales across Northern Ireland.

Fallen trees also closed roads today in Banbridge, Portadown and Hillsborough.

Motorists are also being advised to avoid the Rostrevor Road in Warrenpoint and the South Promenade in Newcastle due to severe flooding. Both roads are currently impassable and alternative routes should be sought.

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Drivers are also advised that the Portaferry Road between Newtownards and Greyabbey should be avoided due to flooding.

Traffic is being diverted

The Scarva Road, Banbridge, is currently closed due to a fallen tree near Grove Hill and motorists are urged to seek an alternative route, the PSNI said

“Motorists across the country are reminded to exercise caution due to strong winds and their impact,” the PSNI added.

Police said the Ardress Road is closed in Portadown, where a tree has fallen onto electric wires with diversions also in place.

“With weather warnings for strong winds in some areas, motorists – throughout the country – are asked to exercise caution and to plan and allow extra time for journeys,” police said.

Police had already advised motorists of a fallen tree on the Hillsborough Road, at its junction with Innisloughlin Road, outside Moira.

The road has since been reopened.

According to the Met Office, today Northern Ireland will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy for a time but clearing to sunny or clear spells and showers later. It will be very windy with widespread gales, easing this evening. The maximum temperature will be 11°C.

Tonight, most places will stay dry overnight with a few clear periods and the odd light shower. It will be a much milder night with strong southerly winds gradually easing. The minimum temperature will be 6°C.

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy in the morning with scattered showers, then mainly dry in the afternoon with some sunshine. It will be another mild day with fresh southerly winds and a maximum temperature of 11°C.

The outlook for Tuesday to Thursday is a rather cloudy few days with some brighter interludes and scattered showers. It will be windy at times and staying milder than of late.

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