Storm Erik claims first victim following risky gales

Charlene Craig
February 9, 2019

Strong winds are expected in parts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway - where a Status Orange Wind Warning is in place.

The agency warned: "A swathe of very strong westerly winds is expected to move east through Saturday morning, easing from the west during the day".

Storm Erik could bring also bring flooding to parts of the United Kingdom, according to weather forecasters, as gales of 70mph are tipped to continue to pummel the country in the coming days.

These conditions will include potentially hazardous gusts along "exposed coastal areas" through tomorrow morning and early afternoon, as well as the added threat of coastal flooding.

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It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

Torrential rain and brutal gusts reaching 70mph have been forecast to hit Britain over the weekend.

Severe weather warnings for strong winds are in place for a lot of the country including the south coast, but Berkshire will escape the worst of the storm.

However, 50-60 miles per hour gusts are still possible over the sea and coasts.

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In case you missed it, two status orange weather wind warnings and a status yellow rainfall warning are in effect as increasingly intense conditions develop in the north and the west.

The Met Office said there was a risk of flooding north of the Central Belt because of "frequent heavy showers" and melting snow.

Temperatures will be above average but it will feel cooler in the winds.

Dry on Monday with variable cloud amounts and bright or sunny spells.

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