Storm Erik causes 'risk to life' warnings and due to 80mph gales

Saul Bowman
February 9, 2019

Storm Erik is all set to batter Ireland, Scotland and adjoining areas with rains and ferocious winds gusting up to about a 100 kmph.

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

Suffolk and Essex can expect wind speeds to increase through tomorrow morning, according to the MET Office, with gusts increasing to 45mph in the afternoon.

Flood warnings have also been issued by authorities in Dorset while several flood alerts are in place across the south west and central England.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was closing part of the A716 Stranraer to Drummore road as a result of the weather warnings.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are also likely, while heavy rain could see flooding in some parts. It is due to come into effect at 9am on Friday morning, and end at 6am on Saturday. Very high seas are expected as well with some coastal flooding.

Storm Erik will see south-west to west winds reach mean speeds of 65 to 80kph with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130kph.

A spokeswoman for The Weather Channel said the deep low would be accompanied by fresh to strong winds reaching gale force along coastal areas.

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.

Police Scotland advised driver caution across Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Stirlingshire, and Argyll and Bute.

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