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Storm Erik met éireann weather forecast

Storm Erik on the way

A Status Orange weather warning for three counties is in effect, with Met Éireann warning that Storm Erik is bringing wind gusts of up to 120km/h.

It is expected to reach Donegal later in the morning, with the weather warning in place from 9.00 am Friday.

Two yellow weather warnings will remain in place until 3pm on Saturday afternoon before winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.

The issue is caused by the high winds now battering large parts of Northern Ireland - there are now seven issues right across the country.

"Very high seas as well with some coastal flooding".

Calm before the storm: Musician Sharon Shannon takes her dogs Misty and Gnasher for a walk on the beach at Salthill in Galway city ahead of Storm Erik.

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Big Jet TV were on hand to catch the dramatic moment a plane was forced to abort its landing at Heathrow Airport today due to the high winds.

Met Éireann website forecast issued Issued at 7.28pm on February 7.

Before then, exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland.

However, 50-60 miles per hour gusts are still possible over the sea and coasts.

There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines.

The forecaster added: "The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening". Minima of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius. Sunday night will be cold with a sharp frost and icy patches developing. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.

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