Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

09 February, 2019, 06:30 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

Forecasters have warned the Storm Erik will bring some "quite nasty travelling conditions" to western Scotland and Northern Ireland today and over the weekend.

It will be valid from 5am and remain in place until 1pm in the afternoon.

"Bear in mind that there is a risk of coastal flooding on Atlantic coasts in particular: only drive through water if you know it's not too deep for your vehicle".

The weather assessment team at Galway city council have analysed the latest information from Met Éireann and the OPW Tide & Surge site and have been in contact with the Galway Harbour master.

There is a second yellow rain warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry counties from 12am on February 8 until 11.59pm on February 9.

Storm Erik hit Ireland's coast at 9am today, according to Met Eireann.

"The worst of the wind is really through from the early hours of Saturday morning, but taking a while to ease out through the course of Saturday daytime".

Elsewhere in the rest of the country, which will be under a yellow warning, southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h.

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

And even though some sunshine is also thought to be on the way for Sunday morning, the rain will continue through in the south. 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.



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