Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Drivers warned to slow down as Storm Erik hits Donegal

Drivers warned to slow down as Storm Erik hits Donegal

A Status Yellow warning for possible 110km/h gusts will be in effect from 5am on Friday until 6am on Saturday, while a Status Orange warnings will be in place for Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

A statement on the Met Office website said: "A swathe of very strong westerly winds is expected to move east through Saturday morning, easing from the west during the day".

Drivers are being warned to slow down and expect the unexpected as Storm Erik hits the country.

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

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

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is now in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

Berkshire should escape the worst of Storm Erik. Afternoon highs of 7 to 10 degrees.

Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected to continue to wreak havoc with those staying in, with fallen trees having already caused dozens of homes in Cornwall to experience power cuts.

The forecaster added: "The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening". Highest temperatures will be around 6 to 9 degrees. There has been disruption to road, ferry and rail services and wild conditions with the strong and gusty SW winds and heavy rain.

Temperatures will be above average but it will feel cooler in the winds. Sunday night will be cold with a sharp frost and icy patches developing.

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