Storm Erik set to batter United Kingdom with heavy rain and 70mph winds

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Britain is forecast to be battered by rain and winds

An energised jet stream will drive some brutal winds across Britain with damaging gusts and driving rain possible as Storm Erik arrives.

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.

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Weather warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland as Storm Erik continues to roll in.

The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today, while the yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday.

The Met Office originally predicted gusts of up to 70mph for Northern Ireland but, according to BBC Weather NI, there was a gust measuring at 76mph recorded near Killowen in Co.

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As Storm Erik approaches the country, Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for three counties in the west.

The stormy weather will result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", meteorologist Sarah Kent warned.

She added: 'It's going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today. Elsewhere, the Welsh and Cornish coasts could see winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts could reach 50mph.

It will lure widespread gales and frequent outbreaks of rain followed by heavy and blustery showers before winds ease on Sunday. The wind warning along the south coast of England lapses on Friday evening but a wind warning extends over more of England into north Wales during Saturday.

The storm was named after Irish weather service Met Éireann.

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