According to the Met Office, 88.2mm of rain was recorded at Belfast International Airport this afternoon, which is well over Northern Ireland’s July average of 81.2mm.
The Met Office upgraded its weather warning to Amber ‘a danger to life’ for Saturday afternoon.
As well as disruption on the roads and rail network, buildings were at risk of damage from flash-flooding and lightning strikes.
Heavy, thundery downpours are forecast to continue in western areas as well as parts of Wales, as changeable weather replaces the heatwave much of the UK has endured for months.
Thousands of homes across Northern Ireland are currently without power.
The majority of the outages are located in the North East of the country including Antrim, Belfast and Lisburn.
A number of Northern Ireland’s major A-roads have become impassible due to the persistent heavy rain.
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The severe weather is set to continue into Sunday.
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