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

The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow alert weather warning of 60mph winds in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Erik batters the counties on Friday.

A Status Yellow weather warning has been issued for Carlow and we now have Storm Erik which Met Éireann have named as the fifth storm of the season.

Severe gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, with average wind speeds of up to 80km/h.

Already today one person has died and there have been other serious accidents as trees fell in Storm Erik.

It will be valid from 5am and remain in place until 1pm in the afternoon.

A spokeswoman for The Weather Channel said the deep low would be accompanied by fresh to strong winds reaching gale force along coastal areas. Potentially damaging gusts on the west coast through the morning and for much of the day on north coasts. There has been disruption to road, ferry and rail services and wild conditions with the strong and gusty SW winds and heavy rain.

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. Highest temperatures will be around 6C to 9C. The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with a continued risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. Minima will drop to between minus 3 and plus 3 degrees. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.