Storm Erik set to batter Britain | getreading

Storm Erik set to batter Britain | getreading

The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow alert weather warning of 60mph winds in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Erik batters the counties on Friday.

Suffolk and Essex can expect wind speeds to increase through tomorrow morning, according to the MET Office, with gusts increasing to 45mph in the afternoon.

The Met Office has reacted to a more severe than originally predicted Storm Erik by expanding a yellow status weather warning for Northern Ireland. There will be very high seas as well with some coastal flooding.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.

Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

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Ms Donnelly urged people to check out Met Éireann's website for more details.

The storm's strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 miles per hour at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.

Storm Erik caused significant disruption to CalMac's west coast ferries yesterday, with sailings on many routes suspended, such as the main link to Arran.

Widespread blustery showers will continue on Friday night, and some of the showers will be heavy with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms.

"After easing for a time early evening, a further increase in winds from the west will occur later on Friday evening". They're going to have very strong winds. Otherwise, the rest of the week will be dry, fine and sunny by day, with temperatures close to or slightly above average generally, while clear skies overnight mean it will turn cold and frosty.

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