Storm Erik set to lash United Kingdom with gusts of up to 70mph

Frederick Owens
February 8, 2019

"Gusts of between 50mph and 55mph are expected on Saturday but it will stay dry for most of the day".

While a lull is expected in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again at about midnight, when a warning will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of northern England.

High winds and heavy rain look set to batter Co Armagh and areas right across Northern Ireland on Friday and Saturday.

Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal and Galway today, and a status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the Republic.

Gusts of 50 to 60mph inland and occasionally 70mph along exposed coasts could cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and blow over lorries, the Met Office has warned.

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"This swathe of strongest winds will spread to parts of northern England early on Saturday morning".

A mild day due to the southerly or southwesterly wind, reaching double figures widely away from northern Scotland, 10-11C the highs this afternoon, though the strong wind may make it feel cooler than this.

Coastal areas in the west are expected to worst affected.

As the low pressure system brings windy and wet weather across much of the United Kingdom, the Met Office has issued warnings for Highlands and Eilean Siar, Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and Strathclyde on Friday.

"The Coast Guard is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas - in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas", a spokesperson said.

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