Three weather warnings issued as Storm Erik approaches Ireland

UK weather Storm Erik on its way to Britain as yellow warning for 60mph winds issued England and Scotland

UK weather Storm Erik on its way to Britain as yellow warning for 60mph winds issued England and Scotland

Along exposed Atlantic coasts these speeds may be exceeded for a while and there is a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.

The Met Office has issued three yellow warnings for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as Storm Erik prepares to hit on Friday.

Named Storm Erik by Met Éireann, the strongest and most damaging winds are expected in the Republic of Ireland.

With Erik set to arrive in the region in the early hours of Friday morning, UK Power Networks is monitoring the weather closely and is in regular contact with the Met Office.

The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to exercise caution on roads while the warnings are in place.

Toronto is under a freezing rain warning today
The region may be hit with a lighter second round of precipitation late Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, the NWS said . Forecasters did note the chance for spotty freezing rain or drizzle in central and interior parts of MA until 5 or 6 a.m.

Severe gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, with average wind speeds of up to 80km/h.

Winds of up to 50/60mph are bound to sweep parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Scotland also being slapped with a yellow warning for "heavy" rain.

It warned of high seas and coastal flooding, with highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas.

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.

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