Storm Debi: Severe wind and rain weather warnings for NI and ROI

Donaghadee lighthouse during storm
Image caption,Forecasters have warned of a ‘severe weather’ event on Monday

NI Police have urged people not to make unnecessary journeys on Monday amid severe weather alerts across Ireland.

Storm Debi is forecast to bring intense rain and high winds, and authorities north and south have warned of danger to life.

Met Éireann has extended a red wind alert – the most severe warning level – to 14 counties. Schools have been asked to delay opening in affected areas.

An amber wind warning has been issued for parts of counties Down and Armagh.

Amber warning map

“Please stay at home where possible and do not make unnecessary journeys. If you must travel, please bear the prevailing conditions in mind,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement on Sunday night.

“Consider the potential risks before you leave. Do not place yourself or others in unnecessary danger.”

The Met Office said a spell of very strong winds is expected to develop during the morning across counties Down and Armagh, with inland gusts of 60-65mph likely in places and coastal gusts of up to 75mph.

Th amber warning will be in place in these areas from 06:00 GMT until 12:00, as Storm Debi moves north.

A yellow alert for rain and wind has been issued for all Northern Ireland counties from 03:00 GMT to 14:00.

Some places could get up to 40mm of rainfall within a six-hour period.

The warnings come as many towns and cities still recovering from recent flooding face the potential impact of this latest weather event.

The Met Office warns that Northern Ireland homes and businesses could be further affected by Monday’s rain.

Drivers are urged to anticipate difficult conditions before a transition to drier weather from the south later in the afternoon.

Clothing and furniture float on the floodwater in McCartan's men's clothing shop in Newry
Image caption,Clothing worth thousands of pounds was destroyed in a menswear shop as a result of the recent flood in Newry

Flying debris and damage to buildings could also occur because of the strong winds.

Large waves around the coast could cause injuries and pose a danger to life.

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