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

Hugh Fox
February 9, 2019

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

Issued this morning at 9:00am, the warning is set to affect counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

The warning is valid until 1pm today.

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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".

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.

Storm Erik could bring slightly warmer temperatures to the region.

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Big Jet TV were on hand to catch the dramatic moment a plane was forced to abort its landing at Heathrow Airport today due to the high winds. Potentially damaging gusts on the west coast through the morning and for much of the day on north coasts.

Torrential rain and brutal gusts reaching 70mph have been forecast to hit Britain over the weekend.

A warning for heavy rain in Scotland has also been put in place for Friday.

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It will remain unsettled and blustery through Saturday. Light southwest winds will freshen and veer westerly overnight, helping to mitigate the risk of frost and icy patches. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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