Scotland’s weather: Strong winds and heavy rain set to cause disruption

Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

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.

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.

STORM Erik is causing chaos across the country as it batters the United Kingdom with high winds.

Forecasting Sunday's weather, Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "There is the chance of patchy rain and this could be heavy in places".

The Met Office has reacted to a more severe than originally predicted Storm Erik by expanding a yellow status weather warning for Northern Ireland.

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.

Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the United Kingdom on Friday, so it's going to be a windy day for everyone.

The respite though will only be temporary with a further warning of high winds and rain coming into play from midnight, right through until 3pm on Saturday.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday.

The forecaster added that gale force winds with gusts 50-70mph were likely to ease on Saturday.

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