Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Storm Erik hits Oldham bringing strong winds and heavy rain

Storm Erik hits Oldham bringing strong winds and heavy rain

On Friday we've got a named storm passing through the north of the country.

In these parts, Storm Erik will consist of south-west to west winds expected to reach mean speeds of 50 to 65kph with gusts of 80 to 110kph.

Storm Erik caused significant disruption to CalMac's west coast ferries yesterday, with sailings on many routes suspended, such as the main link to Arran.

The winds begin to veer from the SW to W then NW with a tuck of gales and higher gusts overnight for Co.

Wet weather will follow later as rain moves in across the United Kingdom, and some of it could be heavy at times.

One man died after a tree fell on his auto in Devon on Friday morning.

DORSET POLICEThe massive tree struck the bus on Ringwood Road in Poole, police said. No injuries were reported.

There are also a number of bridge closures in place as a result of the bad weather.

Mayo County Council is advising that the Belmullet to Blacksod road (R313) is closed at Bundolla due to the high tide and will reopen when the tide recedes.

Junction 34 of the M1 at Tinsley was closed earlier this morning to high sided vehicles and speed restrictions will remain in place throughout the day.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said. There will be showers in western and northern areas, with frost and fog forming as winds slow down and southern England will see some rain, with patches of snow falling over hills.

More rain is forecast in Reading on Sunday, February 10.

"Because of the cold air, this could fall as snow on higher ground in Scotland and England on Sunday".

Storm Erik is bringing winds of up to 60mph.

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