Storm Erik to bring heavy rain and strong winds

Storm Erik to bring heavy rain and strong winds

"A period of particularly strong winds will affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Friday, with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour inland and occasionally 70 miles per hour along exposed coasts".

An energised jet stream will drive some brutal winds across Britain with damaging gusts and driving rain possible as Storm Erik arrives.

Fast-flowing rivers and streams could also pose a danger to life.

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.

Meanwhile, a second weather warning for strong winds extends over large parts of central and southern Scotland.

The Rathlin ferry service has been cancelled because of the weather.

Met Éireann said today's gale force winds and severe gusts would gradually ease later in the day.

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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.

"So, it will be very windy in many parts".

Mr Garner added: "There will be a strong north-westerly winds on Sunday to end the weekend".

It has asked motorists to check traffic conditions and to expect the unexpected, and advises pedestrians and cyclists to wear bright clothing and take care on roads.

Exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph on Friday morning while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland, the Met Office said.

This is called rapid cyclogenesis, an explosive cyclogenesis or even a weather bomb at times as the centre of the low drops at a fast pace over a very short time, causing the storm to intensify at a very rapid speed.

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