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Storm Erik has left 1700 homes in Ireland without power

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Kenny Thornton | 10 February, 2019, 22:30

On Sunday, rain and snow over the hills in the south is expected to clear east with blustery showers following.

Overall, Friday will be a very windy day with strong to gale-force southwesterly winds gradually veering westerly.

The Met Office issued a number of weather warnings for floods and strong winds on Saturday, as Storm Erik brought gusts of nearly 70mph that caused disruption on several roads, with emergency services warning motorists to take care.

A DRIVER had a lucky escape in Belfast yesterday when a tree fell onto a auto at the height of Storm Erik. There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines.

"Spring might officially start on March 1 but there's still potential cold ahead even in March".

There will also be further wintry showers across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland.

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"Elsewhere though, and in between this wet weather we're likely to see increasing amounts of sunshine, but also some showers too and one or two of those could well turn thundery".

A man was pushing the pram across the footpath when the strong winds lifted his hat off his head.

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

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

A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland on Saturday.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Saturday covering much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland.

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