Storm Erik: Bus impaled by huge tree in Poole

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Again, these values may be exceeded for a while along exposed Atlantic coasts and, with very high seas, this will give the risk of coastal flooding.

There's also a Status Yellow wind warning in place for the rest of Ireland as Storm Erik is expected to pass over Ireland on Friday and into early Saturday.

Firefighters swooped on the scene before the road was closed.

Met Éireann on Thursday issued four separate weather warnings for Ireland, two Status Orange and two Status Yellow ahead of Storm Erik.

Storm Erik could bring also bring flooding to parts of the United Kingdom, according to weather forecasters, as gales of 70mph are tipped to continue to pummel the country in the coming days.

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

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

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday. However, there could be further heavy rain going into Sunday morning with strong winds also set to continue. 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.

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.

The storm was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann yesterday.

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