Gale force winds sweep country as Storm Erik brings disruption


A driver was crushed to death when a tree landed on his auto this morning as Storm Erik brought high winds to parts of the country.

On Saturday night there will be some rain across southern England with snow falling over hills in places.

On Sunday, rain and snow over the hills in the south is expected to clear east with blustery showers following.

Scotland faced strong winds on Friday with some disruption to rail and ferry services.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: 'A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning.

'Through the day basically all of this weather is going to move its way south and eastwards, with the rain in the south gradually clearing its way eastwards, although the southeast corner will hold on to a rather grey and damp day.

Mr Keates added: "It will be a brighter second-half of the day for Wales, south-west and northern England with a few showers thrown into the mix as well".

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"We're looking at winds of 50 to 60mph in Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland".

Forecasters issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland until Saturday afternoon.

The improved weather will be a relief for Britons in various parts of the United Kingdom who suffered the wrath of Storm Erik on Friday and Saturday.

And the blustery weather looks set to continue into the weekend, with the Met Office extending a yellow warning, admitting the storm turned out to be stronger than originally anticipated.

On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon, although a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm whether the death was weather-related.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday has been extended to cover most of the United Kingdom, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.