Orange warning in effect as Erik brings 120km/h gusts

Orange warning in effect as Erik brings 120km/h gusts

A Yellow rainfall warning is also in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, with between 30-40mm of rainfall and some spot flooding expected.

A man is reported to have died after a tree fell on two cars in Devon earlier today.

But despite East Anglia missing out on the main brunt of the storm, UK Power Networks say it is monitoring the weather closely and is in close contact with the Met Office to see how Erik develops.

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

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

The warning reads: "Despite the strongest of the winds associated with Storm Erik being across the north-west of the United Kingdom today, a swathe of strong south-westerly winds will bring gusts 50-60 miles per hour to southern counties of England, initially across south-west England, but then affecting areas further east this afternoon".

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The Met Office said Erik would bring strong winds to parts of the country on Friday and will be followed by rain and more unsettled weather.

Overall, Friday will be a very windy day with strong to gale-force southwesterly winds gradually veering westerly.

While there is expected to be a lull in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again around midnight, when a warning for wind will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of Northern England.

The storm was named after Irish weather service Met Éireann.

The high winds are expected to continue through Saturday.