Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

Drivers are being warned to slow down and expect the unexpected as Storm Erik hits the country.

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

Meanwhile, a yellow wind warning has been declared for parts of northern England and Northern Ireland, while a yellow rain warning covering much of Scotland warned that there could be power cuts and flooding.

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

This orange warning will be valid from 5am to 1pm on Friday.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, where these values may be exceeded at times.

An energised jet stream will drive some brutal winds across Britain with damaging gusts and driving rain possible as Storm Erik arrives.

Overall, Friday will be a very windy day with strong to gale-force southwesterly winds gradually veering westerly.

Saturday will start windy with further scattered showers.

More rain is forecast in Reading on Sunday, February 10. Highest temperatures will be around 6 to 9 degrees.

"There will be some clearer spells over night and the wind will pick up again tomorrow morning". Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate. Minima of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius.

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

Monday is predicted to have a cold morning, later becoming drier and sunnier. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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