First Storm Erik Fatality Reported As Irish Motorists Warned To Take Extra Care Today

A man has died in the UK as Storm Erik tracks across Ireland

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Drivers are being warned to take extra caution as the first Storm Erik fatality is reported.

A man in Devon has died this morning after a tree fell on his car in Devon during high winds.

The 50-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering fatal injuries, while a woman in her 20s was rescued from a separate vehicle by emergency services in the same Devon incident.

Storm Erik is currently tracking across Ireland, with an orange warning in place for Galway, Mayo and Donegal until 1pm with Met Éireann warning of "damaging" gusts.

Gusts of 120km/h have been recorded at Mace Head in Connemara, with some coastal flooding along the promenade in Salthill caused by high tides.

The RSA has warned motorists to take extra caution on the roads, with drivers encouraged to check traffic conditions and to expect the unexpected, and pedestrians and cyclists advised to wear bright clothing.

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Megan Cassidy