Met Office issues ‘danger to life’ warning for Storm Erik

Leroy Wright
February 8, 2019

Some patchy rain across eastern England before the heavy rain across the west this morning spreads east to reach here in the afternoon, accompanied by winds gusting to 40-50mph.

A Status Yellow warning remains in place for most of Ireland.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the rest of Ireland but will last only an hour, expiring at 6am on Friday.

Gales of 70mph could affect exposed coasts of Northern Ireland on Friday morning, while heavy rain may lead to flooding in Scotland, the Met Office said.

The Met Office has issued two separate yellow weather warnings as Storm Erik - the fifth named storm of the season - arrives tomorrow.

People are reminded to keep away from coastal cliffs and piers.

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, forecasters said.

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An Orange wind warning is now valid for Galway, Mayo and Donegal with the forecaster warning of "damaging" gusts.

It looks like we could be set for a very windy Friday according to MET Eireann.

"Potentially damaging gusts may occur near Atlantic coasts towards dawn, with the threat of coastal flooding due to very high seas".

Storm Erik is set to batter parts of Britain with 80mph gales and heavy rain forcing meteorologists to issue "danger to life" warnings, with one motorist fighting for their life this morning after a tree fell on their vehicle.

She added: 'It's going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.

On Saturday, the severe wind warning is extended to Central, Tayside and Fife, northeast England, northwest England, Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, Strathclyde and Yorkshire and Humber.

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