Storm Kathleen: Fallen trees, flooding, postponed travel and power cuts as NI hit by high winds

Fallen trees and power cuts caused widespread disruption as Storm Kathleen battered Northern Ireland on Saturday 6th April.

A yellow weather warning was put in place by the Met Office from 8am until 10pm, with the strongest winds recorded reaching nearly 70mph in the most exposed parts of the region.

Stormont Estate and Titanic Belfast remained closed for the day, with a spokesperson for the latter visitor centre stating that the attraction would also be closed on Sunday, as a “precautionary measure”. This is the second time Titanic Belfast has shut this year due to the weather. It also closed in January after Storm Isha damaged its roof.

There were multiple electricity outages with NIE Networks reporting multiple power cuts, particularly around the coastal areas of Co Down. At noon on Saturday, the energy firm said about 400 customers were without power after high winds caused “a low level of damage to the electricity network”.

There were further stormy scenes around the north coast in the morning time as the sea battered land around Whitehead and Portrush. Numerous roads became impassable throughout the day, with the PSNI warning motorists about flooding, fallen trees and further high winds.

Sea and air travel were affected too, with Stena Line cancelling four sailings between Belfast and Cairnryan on Saturday due to the adverse weather, and all Aer Lingus flights to and from George Best Belfast City Airport and GB were cancelled.

Storm Kathleen marks only the second time in a UK storm season that the letter K has been reached in the alphabet.

Read the full article by The Belfast Telegraph here.

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