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Three weather warnings issued as Storm Erik approaches Ireland

Three weather warnings issued as Storm Erik approaches Ireland

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are also likely, while heavy rain could see flooding in some parts.

During the morning rush hour, a man suffered serious injuries after ferocious gales tore down a tree, hitting two cars as they drove along the busy A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon.

Firefighters swooped on the scene before the road was closed.

This orange warning will be valid from 5am to 1pm on Friday.

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.




Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to the United Kingdom, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

The Met Office originally predicted gusts of up to 70mph for Northern Ireland but, according to BBC Weather NI, there was a gust measuring at 76mph recorded near Killowen in Co.

The weather would result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", said Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist. However, there could be further heavy rain going into Sunday morning with strong winds also set to continue.

"Across southern parts of the United Kingdom gusts will reach 40mph widely inland, however the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible". It is due to come into effect at 9am on Friday morning, and end at 6am on Saturday.

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

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