Storm Diana causes flooding and power cuts across Northern Ireland

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Yet more rain and strong winds expected next Saturday night and on Sunday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, meaning "be aware", for parts of Dorset.

Storm Diana is battering the United Kingdom with strong winds and heavy rain and coastal communities have been warned to expect flooding.

In a statement, Met Éireann said an upgraded warning was likely after the forecaster updated one of two Status Yellow weather alerts it issued across 16 Irish counties yesterday. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Gales with gusts up to 70mph are possible in western regions as the turbulent blast piles into the country as a low pressure system tracks to the north of Ireland.

The strongest winds reached 82mph on the Isle of Wight as Britons took to social media to share their experiences of Storm Diana.

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The fourth named storm of the winter is set to hit the United Kingdom later today, and although other parts of the country will bear the brunt of it, the North East won't escape entirely. We wouldn't have named it if it was just on the basis of what was happening in the UK.

The last Met Office named storm was Callum, which battered parts of the United Kingdom in mid-October.

The AA have issued advice for drivers travelling in the wintry conditions.

"During tomorrow winds across a large portion of the country may gust as high as 110 km/h with the strongest winds likely in southern, western and northwestern areas".

Gardai and the Road Safety Authority are warning motorists to excercise caution on the roads during the storm while ESB Networks is warning people not to approach fallen wires.