Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Storm Erik is on the way

Storm Erik is on the way

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 auto.

Again, these values may be exceeded for a while along exposed Atlantic coasts and, with very high seas, this will give the risk of coastal flooding.

A driver had a lucky escape in south Belfast after a tree fell onto their vehicle on the Milltown Road, which has been closed by police.

The blasts of wind are expected to relent on Sunday, but a warning Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the north England will be in operation for tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland until Saturday afternoon.

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Mr Garner added: "There will be a strong north-westerly winds on Sunday to end the weekend".

Insp David Hynd, from Police Scotland, said: "The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain, and that conditions for travel may be hazardous due to rain and extra caution should be exercised".

The stormy weather will result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", meteorologist Sarah Kent warned. Donegal, remaining valid until 6:00am on Saturday morning.

The slow moving low pressure continues to nudge NE wards overnight with bands of heavy rain, squally winds and hefty showers swirling around the storm.

MET Éireann has named its fifth storm of the season ahead of the arrival of Storm Erik on Friday.

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