More from STORM ERIK overnight and for Saturday morning, clearing east.

10 February, 2019, 22:27 | Author: Carlos George
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Gale force winds have left 1,700 homes and businesses without power, mainly in the west of the country.

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

'For Scotland it's generally a cold and clear start to the day.

As winds ease off later on Saturday, some hill snow is forecast in central and southern parts of England and into Wales, Mr Burkill said, before calmer conditions on Sunday.

A kitesurfer has died after getting into difficulty in high winds on a beach in north Devon as Storm Erik battered the United Kingdom for a second day.

When these showers fall onto sub-zero surfaces they will maintain the icy stretches into Monday morning.

"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".

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There will also be further wintry showers across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland. Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

According to the reports, the incident occurred due to the gusty winds that have hit Heathrow recently.

Storm Erik was named by Met Eireann on Thursday.

In Wales a falling tree collided with a van, killing the driver.

The Met Office said wind speeds of 75mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 74mph in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, adding that across the rest of the country gusts between 40 and 50mph were typical.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday remains in place for England, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.

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