Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

  • Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

The strongest wind gusts were recorded in Mayo and Galway - in Belmullet Mayo a gust of 115km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr while at Mace Head, Galway a gust of 122km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr according to the Donegal Weather Channel.

A yellow weather warning for strong wind until 3pm covered much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland, with a separate yellow warning for northern Scotland that said flooding could follow heavy rains.

And now, it seems as though the effects of Storm Erik are showing.

There are also a number of bridge closures in place as a result of the bad weather.

Gusts of up to 60mph inland could lead to travel disruption on road and rail services while coastal areas could see disruption to ferry routes.

There will be frost and the chance of some snow in the north of the country towards the end of the weekend, when falling rain meets cold air.

The Met Office has put a weather warning for wind in place covering most of the United Kingdom, with strong winds expecting in the south of Scotland, much of England, and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said exposed coastlines and hills - including in the East of England - could experience gusts of up to 70mph.

He said there could be another peak into Saturday morning where winds will be between 45mph and 55mph.

"So, it will be very windy in many parts".

Northern Ireland will see a dry start but then see strong winds and heavy rain, and the south-east will remain damp throughout the day and into overnight.

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Police Scotland advised driver caution across Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Stirlingshire, and Argyll and Bute.

According to the Met Office, the strongest winds are to be expected in southern Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.