Storm Erik set to lash United Kingdom with gusts of up to 70mph

Storm Erik

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Dramatic photos from the scene in Poole showed a trunk lying across the top deck of the bus, having completely crushed the front windscreen.

There are no reports of any major issues as a result of high winds in the west this morning.

In Londonderry, the Foyle Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles on Friday morning.

The warning reads: "Despite the strongest of the winds associated with Storm Erik being across the north-west of the United Kingdom today, a swathe of strong south-westerly winds will bring gusts 50-60 miles per hour to southern counties of England, initially across south-west England, but then affecting areas further east this afternoon".

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The forecaster added: "The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening".

"Even away from the strongest gusts we could still have gale-force winds".

Storm Erik has brought 60mph winds to Britain - with the wet and windy weather expected to continue through the weekend.

Insp David Hynd, from Police Scotland, said: "The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain, and that conditions for travel may be hazardous due to rain and extra caution should be exercised".

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.

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