Storm Erik batters Britain with rain and 70mph winds

Storm Erik batters Britain with rain and 70mph winds

Storm Erik has claimed its first victim after a man was fatally injured when his auto was hit by a falling tree.

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

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected to continue to wreak havoc with those staying in, with fallen trees having already caused dozens of homes in Cornwall to experience power cuts.

Storm Erik brings down a tree on Milltown Road, Belfast.

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"It's going to be another very windy one, particularly across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales".




The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today.

Met Éireann has said wind speeds are set to average between 65-80km/h in affected areas, with gusts hitting up to 130km/h, adding that there will be stormy conditions for a time in western and northern coastal counties. Potentially damaging gusts on the west coast through the morning and for much of the day on north coasts.

The wind warnings continue for Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday as does the heavy rain warning.

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.

There will be showers, too, with more rain expected on Sunday. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C. Minima of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius.

Homes in Devon were forced to make do with a cold breakfast when the lights went out this morning.

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