Status Orange wind warning issued as Storm Erik looms

09 February, 2019, 06:30 | Author: Rachel Logan
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A Status Orange weather warning for three counties is in effect, with Met Éireann warning that Storm Erik is bringing wind gusts of up to 120km/h.

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.

A British Airways plane has been filmed being forced to abandon its landing as strong winds from Storm Erik batter the UK.

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

According to Met Eireann's website www.met.ie, a status orange weather warning applies to weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in affected areas.

A ScotRail spokesman said: "We're sorry to customers who have experienced disruption as a result of Storm Erik, and share their frustration".

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South-west to west winds will reach average speeds of 65kmh to 80kmh, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110kmh to 130kmh.

Before then, exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is now in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

Forecasters have warned of a risk of spot flooding, especially on coasts and hills.

Police Scotland are also warning motorists to travel with caution and be prepared for hazardous conditions.

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