Storm Erik: Yellow warning issued for Friday

Storm Erik: Yellow warning issued for Friday

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

Weather warnings have been updated for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

Storm Erik is due to hit the coast at around 5.00 am on Friday.

A spokeswoman for The Weather Channel said the deep low would be accompanied by fresh to strong winds reaching gale force along coastal areas.

It is already struggling with the winds which have been hitting highs of 70mph today.

According to Met Eireann's website www.met.ie, a status orange weather warning applies to weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in affected areas.

Storm Erik brings down a tree on Milltown Road, Belfast.

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"The worst of the wind is really through from the early hours of Saturday morning, but taking a while to ease out through the course of Saturday daytime".

High seas and coastal flooding are also expected.

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.

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

High winds that have battered the county for the past two days are set to continue over the weekend and some heavy showers are predicted.

It will remain unsettled and blustery through Saturday.

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