Status Orange wind warning issued as Storm Erik looms

Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

The estimated restoration time is expected around 12.45pm, with contractors on their way, however, with the winds set to get worse, that could be a little longer.

The rest of the country will be under a Status Yellow warning from 5am on Friday until 6am on Saturday.

Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

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

The Met Office says to expect some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with bust and train services cancelled.

LIMERICK will endure strong wind conditions as Storm Erik hits Ireland's Atlantic coast this Friday.

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

"These gusts of winds will be ranging between 45 to 55mph as high as perhaps 65mph across the northwest of Scotland for instance over the higher ground of Wales swell".

Persistent and heavy rain is expected as a rapidly deepening area of low pressure passes to the north of Scotland.

The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to exercise caution on roads while the warnings are in place.

This is also sometimes known as a weather bomb.

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

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