Belfast Telegraph

Watch: Storm Erik close in on Northern Ireland - warnings in place

By Staff Reporter

Two severe weather warnings for strong winds have been issued by the Met Office as Storm Erik closes in on Ireland.

Strong winds will batter Northern Ireland and western Scotland until 6pm today.

The maximum temperature is expected to be 10C.

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, forecasters said.

Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal and Galway today, and a status yellow wind warning is in place for the rest of the Republic.

A swathe of very strong westerly winds is expected to push across Northern Ireland until 3pm on Saturday, easing from the west during the day.

Inland gusts of 55mph are expected quite widely.

However, some places will have gusts up to 70mph, more particularly around exposed coasts and hills.

Gusts approaching 80mph hit England and Wales yesterday.

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