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
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.
Here's the latest infrared satellite image from 8am. Storm Erik is clearly visible just off the northwest coast.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 8, 2019
Gusts of up to 120km/h have been recorded this morning with the strongest winds in Galway, Mayo & Donegal.#StormErik pic.twitter.com/MXnGPXFi4w
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.
.@MetEireann have issued a Status Yellow wind warning for Dublin from 5am tomorrow morning until 6am Saturday morning. @RSAIreland are asking that road users exercise caution while travelling during those times. https://t.co/jzvjzYlRVN— South Dublin Co Co (@sdublincoco) February 7, 2019
Very windy in all areas today with stormy conditions for a time in western and northern coastal counties as #StormErik tracks to the north of Ireland. There will be a mix of sunny intervals and blustery showers during the day with longer spells of rain in the north. 7 to 10°C. pic.twitter.com/SCHZQ5LC64— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 8, 2019