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Tree falls on auto as Storm Erik batters Ireland

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High winds and waves battering Meadfoot Torquay

Forecasters say there will a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers today.

On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon, although a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm whether the death was weather-related.

Storm Erik smashed into the United Kingdom on Saturday, with gusts of up to 75mph and heavy rain.

The Met Office issued three yellow warnings for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as Storm Erik hit on Friday. Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

"March is the start of spring but computer model output shows no reason to change the emphasis for likely chilly weather as we head into March".

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

BBC News NI weather presenter Cecilia Daly said that Erik was the sixth named storm of the season.

After seeing the video, Senior First Officer Scott Bateman explained the steps taken by the pilots, Scott tweeted, "It's a particularly challenging day at #Heathrow with gusty winds".

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

The wind warnings continue for Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday as does the heavy rain warning.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday has been extended to cover most of the United Kingdom, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Saturday covering much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland.

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