Northern Ireland

Partial road collapse in Ballycastle as Met Office issues yellow weather warning for rain

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in place from 7am to 5pm tomorrow, Thursday, March 28.

Heavy rain is forecast for parts of the UK (Joe Giddens/PA)
Heavy rain is due to impact parts of the north through to Wednesday morning.

A road has been closed in Ballycastle after a partial collapse as the Met Office warns of heavy rain and strong winds over the Easter weekend.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain and strong winds over coming days across parts of Northern Ireland.

Forecasters have warned that heavy rain could impact travel and infrastructure in the east tomorrow, with up to 15mm-20mm of rainfall in some areas.

A road has been closed in Ballycastle, Co Antrim after it partially collapsed following a landslide.

The Glenshesk Road is closed between Glenbank Road and Greenan Road.

A yellow weather warning for rain in parts of Northern Ireland was in place earlier today for Counties Antrim and Down but has now ended.

The warning comes as the Met Office revealed statistics showing a steady increase in rainfall in the north over recent years.

Last year saw the highest total rainfall since 2002, and flooding last autumn caused major damage in towns including Newry and Downpatrick.

In December, Stormont’s Executive Office announced that elligible businesses impacted by last year’s flooding had received a £7,500 grant and would receive 100% rates relief up to March 31 for flooded properties and temporary accommodation.