Storm Erik close in on Northern Ireland - warnings in place

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On Thursday, the weather conditions were named Storm Erik by the Irish forecaster Met Éireann, with winds of 56mph experienced in Cork overnight.

Storm Erik will approach Ireland and the United Kingdom bringing severe and damaging gusts.

Storm Erik has hit and as a result has left more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Keady area without power this morning (Friday).

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

However, there could be further heavy rain going into Sunday morning with strong winds also set to continue.

A Yellow rainfall warning is also in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, with between 30-40mm of rainfall and some spot flooding expected.

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In fact, residents have been warned of remaining cautious as wind speed may be as fierce as possible.

The Met Office says that winds will be strong enough to cause some travel disruption.

Met Office warnings were in force across the Highlands and Islands, south-west Scotland, Lothian, Borders and Strathclyde from 09:00 on Friday.

"Gusts of between 50mph and 55mph are expected on Saturday but it will stay dry for most of the day".

The forecaster added that gale force winds with gusts 50-70mph were likely to ease on Saturday.

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

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