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Storm Erik to batter United Kingdom with snow showers and 70mph winds

10 February 2019

The Met Office issued a number of weather warnings for floods and strong winds on Saturday, as Storm Erik brought gusts of nearly 70mph that caused disruption on several roads, with emergency services warning motorists to take care.

The warning for heavy rain is in place over the western and Highlands areas up until Saturday afternoon.

One lane is closed on the Severn Bridge between South Wales and south west England due to the strong winds, and the A548 is closed in both directions around Mostyn, north Wales, because a tree had fallen across the carriageway.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely and some short term loss of power and other services is possible, said the Met Office.

However, it is thought the storm will largely clear on Sunday with conditions becoming more settled as the week progresses - but there could still be outbreaks of rain.

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'Through the day basically all of this weather is going to move its way south and eastwards, with the rain in the south gradually clearing its way eastwards, although the southeast corner will hold on to a rather grey and damp day.

A yellow weather warning for strong wind until 3pm covered much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland, with a separate yellow warning for northern Scotland that said flooding could follow heavy rains.

He also added: "It will be a brighter second-half of the day for Wales, south-west and northern England with a few showers thrown into the mix as well".

'And then this area of low pressure starts to make its way across Northern Ireland as we head through the afternoon.

Storm Erik has lashed the United Kingdom with 112 kilometre per hour winds.

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On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon.

Weather warnings have been issued for the south coast of England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.

A yellow weather warning has been issued Norfolk this weekend, with gusts of up to 55mph potentially hitting parts of the region.

The Met Office said wind speeds will noticeably fall overnight and it will be mostly dry, with clear spells.

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Storm Erik to batter United Kingdom with snow showers and 70mph winds