Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Met Éireann officially names Storm Erik and issues Status Orange warning

Met Éireann officially names Storm Erik and issues Status Orange warning

A yellow weather warning is in place for the rest of Ireland but will last only an hour, expiring at 6am on Friday. It is is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas - in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas.

The warning is in effect in Galway from 5am on Friday morning until 1pm in the afternoon.

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

On Saturday a swathe of very strong westerly winds is expected to push across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England easing from the west during the day.

She added: 'It's going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.

The weather would result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", said Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist.

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Met Eireann is warning that parts of the country will face a "potentially disruptive period of weather".

Two Status Orange wind warnings were put in place for Galway, Mayo and Donegal, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h expected, while there's also a Status Yellow rain warning in place for Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

He said: "There is the chance of one or more easterly spells bringing enhanced cold".

Forecasters believe temperatures could plummet as low as -16C (3F), figures that would be the coldest reached in Britain for nine years.

A graphic from the UK Met Office shows Storm Erik coming in from the Atlantic and tracking northwards, bringing a band of rain that will start in western areas before moving eastwards.

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