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Belfast street closed after person struck with falling debris

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Police in Belfast have closed a city centre street after a person was struck by falling debris this afternoon, Sunday 21st January.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said:

"Pedestrians are asked to avoid the Castle Lane area in Belfast City Centre due to unsafe scaffolding this afternoon, Sunday 21st January.

"Officers have closed Castle Lane at its junction with Royal Avenue. A member of the public has been struck by falling debris and is being treated at the scene by emergency services in attendance."

Winds have been picking up throughout this afternoon as Storm Isha approaches Ireland and the UK.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning saying a spell of very strong, perhaps damaging, winds associated with Storm Isha is likely to bring disruption to transport and infrastructure.

The amber warning is in effect from 6:00pm this evening to 6:00am tomorrow morning, Monday 22nd January.

A Met Office spokesperson said:

"After a generally windy day on Sunday, winds are likely to increase further during the evening and overnight, this increase reaching Northern Ireland first. Winds are likely to gust to 60 to 70 mph quite widely in inland areas, and 70 to 80 mph around coasts.

"However there is the possibility of a narrower swathe of even stronger winds crossing parts of the warning area, with gusts of 70 to 80 mph possible inland and perhaps peaking around 90 mph in exposed coastal and hilly areas - this is perhaps more likely across parts of Scotland.

"Winds will subside during the early hours across Northern Ireland, and across the rest of the area on Monday morning, although staying windy and gusty."

A further yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, covering all parts of Northern Ireland, from 4:00pm on Tuesday 23rd to 12:00pm on Wednesday 24th January.

The Met Office spokesperson added:

"A spell of strong west or southwesterly winds is likely to affect Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern England and much of Scotland from Tuesday evening.

"Winds are likely to gust 50-60 mph. There is potential for winds to gusts 60-70 mph in a few places, although it is not yet clear where the most likely location for the stronger winds is at this time.

"Further updates to this warning are likely in the coming days."


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