Orange warning in effect as Erik brings 120km/h gusts

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Elsewhere, the Welsh and Cornish coasts could see winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts could reach 50mph, Ms Kent said.

A Met Office weather warning remains in place in Northern Ireland with strong winds causing travel disruption due to Storm Erik.

Road crews are on standby to deal with any possible flooding in Galway city as Storm Erik is set to hit Galway in the early hours of Friday morning.

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The Met Office issued two weather warnings on Friday: for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland that will continue until Saturday afternoon.

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The warning is valid from 5am Friday to 6am Saturday.

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

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.

As the low pressure system brings windy and wet weather across much of the United Kingdom, the Met Office has issued warnings for Highlands and Eilean Siar, Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and Strathclyde on Friday.

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Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the United Kingdom on Friday, so it's going to be a windy day for everyone. There will be very high seas as well with some coastal flooding.

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.

Regions which can expect to see the worst of the weather include Central, Tayside & Fife, Strathclyde, SW Scotland and Lothian Borders.

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