Ireland weather: Storm Antoni brings heavy rain and strong winds
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There has been some unseasonably wet and windy weather in Northern Ireland on Saturday as a result of Storm Antoni.

Overnight, a Met Office yellow rain warning was in effect until 11:00 BST.

The south and east were expected to receive even more rain, with up to 30mm expected across the region.

A flash flood damaged some homes and cars in Clontarf, Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland.

Up to 60mm of rain was expected in Belfast and County Down, according to the Met Office.

There is a possibility of 70mm of rain falling over the Mourne Mountains.

Aside from the rain, there were some unseasonably strong winds with gusts up to 55km/h (35mph).

Winds gusting up to 80 km/h (50mph) were reported in some areas, especially along the east coast.

The heaviest rain fell during the early hours of Saturday morning, but gradually decreased as the day progressed.

There will be some sunshine and some heavy, blustery showers throughout the day, with unsettled conditions.

As the Irish bank holiday weekend begins, Met Éireann has also issued a status yellow weather warning for parts of the Republic of Ireland.

For counties in the south and west, it ended at 13:00 local time on Saturday.

A heavy downpour fell in parts of Connacht and counties Tipperary, Clare, Leinster, Monaghan and Cavan.

A flood flooded 17 houses in one development in Clontarf, forcing the fire service to use inflatable rescue sleds to rescue eight people.

According to the Met Office, July was the wettest on record in Northern Ireland since 1836.

It is estimated that 185.4 mm of rain fell during the month, which is more than double the normal amount.

Previously, the record was 185.2mm, set in July 1936.

According to business owners along the north coast, the bad weather has already lowered footfall.

In a statement, Sean McLaughlin, owner of a fish and chip restaurant, described the weather as a “perfect storm”.

As a result of price increases, energy costs, and all that, we just got out of a really tough winter.