Gusty Saturday as Storm Erik brings wet and windy weather

Blanche Robertson
February 10, 2019

Things should be slightly calmer in England and Wales, where sunny spells are expected.

Storm Erik is battering the North West today bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the region.

The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow alert weather warning of 60mph winds in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Erik batters the counties on Friday.

'For Scotland it's generally a cold and clear start to the day.

There will also be further wintry showers across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland. There will be showers in western and northern areas, with frost and fog forming as winds slow down and southern England will see some rain, with patches of snow falling over hills.

Parts of the country could also experience hail and thunder.

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"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate".

A 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon and a van driver was killed after colliding with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.

Storm Erik has blown out this morning but it hit Donegal hard with 498 homes here without power at the moment according to ESB Networks.

Wind speeds of 69mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 68mph in Avonmouth, Bristol, while 50mph winds were expected inland, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said.

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

The Met Office has put a weather warning for wind in place covering most of the United Kingdom, with strong winds expecting in the south of Scotland, much of England, and Northern Ireland.

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