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Power out in Donegal homes, trees cleared as Storm Erik blows out

Power out in Donegal homes, trees cleared as Storm Erik blows out”

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.

327 homes in the Cullion area of Letterkenny, 138 homes in Rossgier near Lifford and 33 houses in Buncrana are without power this morning following last night's storm force winds.

Snow, rain and wind are set to continue to batter the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Erik rages on through Saturday.

Samantha Loukes, network manager for Electricity North West, said: "Storm Erik has brought some severe gales to our region overnight and this morning, with 74mph winds recorded at St Bees in Cumbria". There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines.

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

'Elsewhere lots of sunshine on offer, a few showers across parts of England and Wales, but these will be few and far between.

When these showers fall onto sub-zero surfaces they will maintain the icy stretches into Monday morning. Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

The strongest winds were likely to be on exposed coasts.

A 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon and a van driver was killed after colliding with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.

And now, it seems as though the effects of Storm Erik are showing. The Welsh and Cornish coasts could have winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts may reach 50mph.



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