Met Éireann officially names Storm Erik and issues Status Orange warning

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Britain is forecast to be battered by rain and winds

Storm Erik has claimed its first victim after a man was fatally injured when his vehicle was hit by a falling tree.

Storm Erik will be reaching Ireland soon bringing damaging winds to the country along with many other parts of the United Kingdom.

The estimated restoration time is expected around 12.45pm, with contractors on their way, however, with the winds set to get worse, that could be a little longer.

The blasts of wind are expected to relent on Sunday, but a warning Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the north England will be in operation for tomorrow.

A warning for heavy rain in Scotland has also been put in place for Friday.

The council has said that its road crews will be on standby to deal with any spot flooding caused by high winds and heavy rain.

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However, 50-60 miles per hour gusts are still possible over the sea and coasts.

Wet weather will follow later as rain moves in across the United Kingdom, and some of it could be heavy at times.

More rain is forecast in Reading on Sunday, February 10.

The latest update from Met Eireann has the warning for Donegal in place until 6.00 am on Saturday. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C. Showers will continue to affect Atlantic coastal counties on Saturday night, but it will be largely dry with clear spells elsewhere.

Mr Garner added: "There will be a strong north-westerly winds on Sunday to end the weekend". Minima of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius. Afternoon highs will range from 5 to 8 degrees, and it will feel chilly in the moderate to fresh northwest winds. Minima will drop to between minus 3 and plus 3 degrees.

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