The first storm of 2019 is to whip across Britain on Friday, bringing with it winds of up to 60mph and weather warnings.
A deep area of low-pressure will track northeast across Britain through Friday and Saturday, with strong winds and gales battering parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland.
Named Storm Erik by Met Éireann, the strongest and most damaging winds are expected in the Republic of Ireland.
But the Met Office have issued a yellow wind warning for Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday, with the warning extending to parts of northern England early on Saturday.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Will Lang said: “Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the UK on Friday, so it’s going to be a windy day for everyone.
“Across southern parts of the UK gusts will reach 40mph widely inland, however the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible.
“This swathe of strongest winds will spread to parts of northern England early on Saturday morning.”
The yellow warning for wind says:
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
- It’s possible that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and/or large waves
What are the storm names for 2019?
In September, the Met Office and Met Éireann revealed the list of storm names for the coming season.