Storm Erik set to batter Britain | getreading

Storm Erik set to batter Britain | getreading

The Irish weather service, which has also named the storm, has issued an orange warning for Galway, Mayo and Donegal counties.

Peak gusts across Northern Ireland will be 60 to 70 miles per hour but could be close to 80 miles per hour towards the west coast of Ireland and this is why Met Éireann issued an orange warning for Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

The latest update from Met Eireann has the warning for Donegal in place until 6.00 am on Saturday.

Meanwhile, an updated Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for the rest of the country.

"Bear in mind that there is a risk of coastal flooding on Atlantic coasts in particular: only drive through water if you know it's not too deep for your vehicle".

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She said: "We're expecting a widespread frost on Sunday night and into Monday, and the unsettled weather will continue into the start of next week".

Already today one person has died and there have been other serious accidents as trees fell in Storm Erik.

The respite though will only be temporary with a further warning of high winds and rain coming into play from midnight, right through until 3pm on Saturday.

The blasts of wind are expected to relent on Sunday, but a warning Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the north England will be in operation for tomorrow.

There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines. The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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