Heavy downpours batter rain-soaked Northern Ireland

Firefighters at scene of a lightning strike in Ballycastle Co Antrim

Areas of the north and northwest have experienced flooding after heavy rain last night.

The downpours swept in from the Atlantic Ocean, hitting Co Donegal before moving across Northern Ireland during Tuesday evening.

The heavy rain comes after the Met Office issued a yellow status weather warning for Derry and other parts of the North on Tuesday.

It has been reported by RTE that Northern Irish Firefighters responded to 60 flood reports last night between 7:00pm and 11:00pm.

Police warned drivers of hazardous driving conditions due to flooding especially in Tyrone and Derry/Londonderry. "You need to slow down and give yourself time to react to water on the road".

Belfast Coastguard said: "Rescues ranged from people trapped in vehicles, houses and cut off by flood water".

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AA Roadwatch reports several bridge collapses, while Grainne's Gap remains closed following mudslides.

Trafficwatch NI has also been active on Twitter, advising that the Victoria Road, between Strabane and the top deck of Craigavon Bridge, is closed.

Roads reopened are: Maghermason, Skeoge, Cross Border Road/Donegal, Letterkenny Roundabout, Buncranna.

The road from Altnagelvin to Drumahoe is passable with care.

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