Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to exercise caution on roads while the warnings are in place.

The Met Office issued two weather warnings on Friday: for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland that will continue until Saturday afternoon.

Members of the public look on as Storm Erik makes landfall with winds of up to 70mph to hit some areas of the United Kingdom along with heavy rain on February 8, 2019 in Prestwick, Scotland.

Met Éireann is warning of gusts of up to 130 kilometres an hour in counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal from tomorrow morning.

Gardaí across Galway and Mayo say while conditions have deteriorated, all routes are passable and there has been no contact from the public in relation to debris or fallen trees on any roads.

High seas and coastal flooding are also expected. Donegal, remaining valid until 6:00am on Saturday morning.

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The counties will experience average southwest to west wind-speeds of between 65km/h and 80km/h - along with "some severe or damaging gusts of 110km/h to 130km/h".

The warning of high winds gusting at up to gale force will last for the whole of Cornwall and all but the very North East of Devon - over Exmoor - until 8pm today.

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

Storm Erik has brought strong winds to parts of the country on Friday and will be followed by rain and more unsettled weather.

The Road Safety Authority is advising motorists, warning them "to expect the unexpected".