Storm Erik to bring heavy rain, damaging winds in Ireland, Scotland

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Britain is forecast to be battered by rain and winds

Storm Erik has claimed its first victim after a man was fatally injured when his auto was hit by a falling tree.

Orange weather wind warnings have been issued by Met Éireann for Donegal, Galway and Mayo with a yellow warning for the rest of the country.

Storm Erik is here, and it has resulted in rain, gale force winds and a number of weather warnings.

The slow moving low pressure continues to nudge NE wards overnight with bands of heavy rain, squally winds and hefty showers swirling around the storm.

Storm Erik could bring slightly warmer temperatures to the region.

"It's going to be another very windy one, particularly across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales".

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The warning will come into effect tomorrow (Friday, February 8) at 5:00am for counties Galway and Mayo, and will remain in place until 1:00pm in the afternoon.

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

An energised jet stream will drive some brutal winds across Britain with damaging gusts and driving rain possible as Storm Erik arrives.

The high winds are expected to continue through Saturday. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C. Sunday night will be cold with a sharp frost and icy patches developing.

Dry on Monday with variable cloud amounts and bright or sunny spells.

Current indications for Tuesday suggest a milder but mostly cloudy day with patchy rain developing in the western and northwestern areas and highs of 7 to 11 degrees.

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