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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Britain is forecast to be battered by rain and winds

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES Britain is forecast to be battered by rain and winds

Storm Erik has claimed its first victim after a man was fatally injured when his vehicle was hit by a falling tree.

Storm Erik could bring also bring flooding to parts of the United Kingdom, according to weather forecasters, as gales of 70mph are tipped to continue to pummel the country in the coming days.

The Met Office has reacted to a more severe than originally predicted Storm Erik by expanding a yellow status weather warning for Northern Ireland.

The slow moving low pressure continues to nudge NE wards overnight with bands of heavy rain, squally winds and hefty showers swirling around the storm.

Erik is the sixth named storm this season, after Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Diana & Deirdre.

While a lull is expected in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again at about midnight, when a warning will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of northern England.

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A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is now in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

The forecaster added that gale force winds with gusts 50-70mph were likely to ease on Saturday.

The storm's strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 miles per hour at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.

Heavy rain could also lead to flooding in some parts.

More rain is forecast in Reading on Sunday, February 10. Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate. Minima will drop to between minus 3 and plus 3 degrees.

Monday is predicted to have a cold morning, later becoming drier and sunnier.

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