Power out in Donegal homes, trees cleared as Storm Erik blows out

Met Éireann officially names Storm Erik and issues Status Orange warning

STORM Erik is causing chaos across the country as it batters the United Kingdom with high winds.

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.

"We're looking at winds of 50 to 60mph in Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland".

"That [hill snow] will clear through Sunday morning, with blustery showers following behind".

It said: "Expect 20-30mm of rain widely, with up to 60mm over high ground".

Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

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

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Wet and windy weather is set to continue throughout the weekend with the possibility of snow early next week.

Services already cancelled for today include to Islay and Colonsay, and Coll and Tiree.

It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

ScotRail passengers were also affected.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, where these values may be exceeded at times.

It also delayed trains on the Glasgow-Dumfries line at Stewarton in East Ayrshire and Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway.

Fallen trees have been blocking railway lines up and down the nation, including between Fareham and Eastleigh this evening.

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