Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Storm Erik to bring heavy rain, damaging winds in Ireland, Scotland

Storm Erik to bring heavy rain, damaging winds in Ireland, Scotland

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.

The warning will come into effect tomorrow (Friday, February 8) at 5:00am for counties Galway and Mayo, and will remain in place until 1:00pm in the afternoon.

Met Eireann is also warning of very high seas and coastal flooding.

The weather assessment team at Galway city council have analysed the latest information from Met Éireann and the OPW Tide & Surge site and have been in contact with the Galway Harbour master.

Met Office forecaster John West said: "We are seeing some strong winds, severe gales particularly off the coasts and over higher ground".

A Status Yellow Wind Warning was issued this morning for the whole country.

Storm Erik is making its presence known as the weekend comes into focus.

"A deep area of low pressure will bring windy and often wet weather across much of the United Kingdom on Friday and Saturday", said the Met Office.

Meanwhile, a second weather warning for strong winds extends over large parts of central and southern Scotland.

The Road Safety Authority is advising motorists, warning them "to expect the unexpected".

It is thought the 50-year-old victim from Totnes - pronounced dead at scene after his Alfa Romeo was crushed at around 5.30am this morning - is the first person to lose their life to the bad weather brought along with Storm Erik.

The Met Office said there was a risk of flooding north of the Central Belt because of "frequent heavy showers" and melting snow.

Strong to near gale southwest to westerly winds, with gales or strong gales near the coasts, will slowly ease overnight.

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