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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 Credit BNPS

Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to Scotland, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

The storm, which is set to hit the United Kingdom on Friday and Saturday, will see high winds across most of the United Kingdom, particularly in the west.

The forecaster added that gale force winds with gusts 50-70mph were likely to ease on Saturday.

The blasts of wind are expected to relent on Sunday, but a warning Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and the north England will be in operation for tomorrow.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is now in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

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

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

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Storm Erik brings down a tree on Milltown Road, Belfast.

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Police Scotland are also warning motorists to travel with caution and be prepared for hazardous conditions.

Forecasting Sunday's weather, Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "There is the chance of patchy rain and this could be heavy in places".

Gardaí across Galway and Mayo say while conditions have deteriorated, all routes are passable and there has been no contact from the public in relation to debris or fallen trees on any roads.

It said the closure was expected to be in place from Friday morning to mid-afternoon on Saturday.

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