Drivers warned to slow down as Storm Erik hits Donegal

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Phil Garner, Forecaster for Weatherquest said: "The storm will take two bites at us".

Drivers are being warned to slow down and expect the unexpected as Storm Erik hits the country.

A spokeswoman for The Weather Channel said the deep low would be accompanied by fresh to strong winds reaching gale force along coastal areas. There will be very high seas as well with some coastal flooding.

The rest of the country will be under a Status Yellow warning from 5am on Friday until 6am on Saturday.

Berkshire should escape the worst of Storm Erik. Storm Erik isn't finished with the United Kingdom and Ireland just yet.

Met Éireann website forecast issued Issued at 7.28pm on February 7.

The warning comes after ferries around Cornwall and Devon were cancelled on Friday morning, the Tamar Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles and flood alerts were issued for the North Cornwall coast.

The storm's strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 miles per hour at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.

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

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said. Highest temperatures will be around 6 to 9 degrees.

The strong winds has caused severe travel disruptions in some areas, with train services suspended between Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon Town in Surrey due to fallen tree on the line.

"There will be some clearer spells over night and the wind will pick up again tomorrow morning".

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