Storm Erik: Strong winds 'likely' to bring disruption

Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

Three weather warnings issued as Storm Erik approaches Ireland

Elsewhere around the country, there is a Status Yellow wind warning, and will come into effect at 5am on Friday and conclude at 6am on Saturday.

Before then, exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland.

Orange weather wind warnings have been issued by Met Éireann for Donegal, Galway and Mayo with a yellow warning for the rest of the country. People are advised to avoid exposed coastal walks and to take precautions with property, boats etc.

Moreover, there is likely to be traffic chaos resulting in road, rail, ferry, air delay to quite an extent.

Met Office chief meteorologist Will Lang said southern and central England would not escape the brutal gales despite not being directly in the path of the storm, adding that Friday would be a "windy day for everyone".

"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate".

Body taken from wreckage identified as Emiliano Sala
A privately-funded search located the wreckage of the aircraft after the official search was called off on January 24. Cardiff City said in a statement: "We offer our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".

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

A wet and windy start to the weekend has been forecast, with the arrival of Storm Erik bringing winds of 70mph to some areas and heavy rain across large parts of the UK.

"This swathe of strongest winds will spread to parts of northern England early on Saturday morning".

"Where the winds are strongest there could be some disruption to transport, with delays and bridge closures possible".

Met Eireann is also warning of very high seas and coastal flooding.

The weather service also warns of widespread inland gusts of 55 miles per hour with some places having gusts to 70 miles per hour, more particularly around exposed coasts and hills.

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