Storm Erik declared by Met Éireann - Orange weather warning called

Storm Erik

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

Storm Erik's gale-force presence has prompted weather warnings, with planes at London's Heathrow airport battling to land amid blustery conditions.

The two weather warnings apply to all of Northern Ireland.

No one was taken to hospital.

A driver had a lucky escape in south Belfast after a tree fell onto their auto on the Milltown Road, which has been closed by police.

The ESB has said that around 2,500 customers across the country are without power because of the storm.

"We're looking at winds of 50 to 60mph in Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland".

However, 50-60 miles per hour gusts are still possible over the sea and coasts.

Despite The Met Office's yellow warning of wind during Friday and Saturday for Berkshire being cancelled, heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the county throughout Friday, February 8.

The forecaster added: "The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening".

"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate". However, there could be further heavy rain going into Sunday morning with strong winds also set to continue.

"Because of the cold air, this could fall as snow on higher ground in Scotland and England on Sunday".

Winds were expected to hit speeds of up to 70mph.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.

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