Storm Erik to bring heavy rain and strong winds

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Prior to the storm hitting a band of heavy rain will sweep the country.

A status orange warning has been issued by Met Eireann for three counties, Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

A yellow weather warning for wind and rain is in place from 9am.

Storm Erik is making its presence known as the weekend comes into focus.

While a lull is expected in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again at about midnight, when a warning will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of northern England.

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 highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.




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

The storm's strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 miles per hour at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.

Most of the rain will be in the north-west with 20-30mm forecast in the west on Friday afternoon with the risk of local flooding.

Saturday will start windy with further scattered showers. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C.

The strong winds has caused severe travel disruptions in some areas, with train services suspended between Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon Town in Surrey due to fallen tree on the line.

Temperatures will be above average but it will feel cooler in the winds. Sunday night will be cold with a sharp frost and icy patches developing. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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