Storm Erik: Weather warning as Storm Erik blows in

Storm Erik met éireann weather forecast

A yellow warning for Northern Ireland issued by the Met Office is in place until 15:00 GMT on Saturday.

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.

Calm before the storm: Musician Sharon Shannon takes her dogs Misty and Gnasher for a walk on the beach at Salthill in Galway city ahead of Storm Erik.

It is expected to reach Donegal later in the morning, with the weather warning in place from 9.00 am Friday.

The respite though will only be temporary with a further warning of high winds and rain coming into play from midnight, right through until 3pm on Saturday.

Severe gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, with average wind speeds of up to 80km/h.

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Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are also likely, while heavy rain could see flooding in some parts.

Head of customer service Sam Fuller said: "High winds and rain from the west are forecast across the country for tomorrow, and could affect our area".

Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

"A period of particularly strong winds will affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Friday, with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour inland and occasionally 70 miles per hour along exposed coasts".

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

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