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


A DRIVER had a lucky escape in Belfast yesterday when a tree fell onto a vehicle at the height of Storm Erik. Part of a doubledecker bus in Poole, Dorset, was crushed by a felled trunk and a road in south Belfast was closed when a number of branches fell on the bonnet of a vehicle.

Storm Erik has seen wet and windy weather forecast across the United Kingdom and Ireland, with winds of 70mph in some areas and heavy rain across large parts of the UK.

'This will bring in strong to gale force winds and also some locally heavy rain at times as well, now that continues to make its way further south-east overnight.

The strongest winds were likely to be on exposed coasts.

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.

And now, it seems as though the effects of Storm Erik are showing.

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The accident, which happened on the Milltown road close to Shaws bridge in the south of the city before lunchtime, led to a road closure in both directions.

On the trains, speed restrictions of 80mph were imposed on the London North Eastern Railway between Leeds and York and on trains on the Tyne Valley line between Newcastle and Carlisle, according to rail operator Northern.

A slight frost is also possible in some parts with temperatures expected to drop as low as 0°C.

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

Things should be slightly calmer in England and Wales, where sunny spells are expected.

'Through the day basically all of this weather is going to move its way south and eastwards, with the rain in the south gradually clearing its way eastwards, although the southeast corner will hold on to a rather grey and damp day.