Storm Erik declared by Met Éireann - Orange weather warning called

Storm Erik declared by Met Éireann - Orange weather warning called

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

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 vehicle.

A driver was crushed to death when a tree landed on his auto this morning as Storm Erik brought high winds to parts of the country. Strong to near gale southwest to westerly winds, with gales or strong gales near the coasts, will slowly ease overnight.

Erik is the sixth named storm this season, after Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Diana & Deirdre.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution while travelling over the next 24 hours as the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible.

The latest is a status orange weather warning, which has been issued by Met Éireann.


High winds closed the coastal route between Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Largs, and part of the West Highland line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh.

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.

The yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C.

"There will be some clearer spells over night and the wind will pick up again tomorrow morning".

Temperatures will be above average but it will feel cooler in the winds. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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