Met Éireann officially names Storm Erik and issues Status Orange warning

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A driver was crushed to death when a tree landed on his auto this morning as Storm Erik brought high winds to parts of the country.

A status orange wind warning has been issued for three counties as Storm Erik approaches the country.

Members of the public look on as Storm Erik makes landfall with winds of up to 70mph to hit some areas of the United Kingdom along with heavy rain on February 8, 2019 in Prestwick, Scotland.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.

"Bear in mind that there is a risk of coastal flooding on Atlantic coasts in particular: only drive through water if you know it's not too deep for your auto".

Big Jet TV were on hand to catch the dramatic moment a plane was forced to abort its landing at Heathrow Airport today due to the high winds.

Storm Erik has arrived, then, and he's not messing about.

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Phil Garner, Forecaster for Weatherquest said: "The storm will take two bites at us".

Strong to near gale southwest to westerly winds, with gales or strong gales near the coasts, will slowly ease overnight.

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

Police Scotland advised driver caution across Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Stirlingshire, and Argyll and Bute.

The first storm of 2019 is to whip across Britain on Friday, bringing with it winds of up to 60mph and weather warnings.

Met Office yellow - "be aware" - severe weather warnings are in force until 3pm, including for rain. 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.