Storm Erik has left 1700 homes in Ireland without power

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

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.

Storm Erik has brought 60mph winds to Britain - with the wet and windy weather expected to continue through the weekend.

Yesterday video footage of a pram being dragged into oncoming traffic on a busy Dublin road during Storm Erik has emerged.

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The heavy rain will then edge into Wales and the north-east England overnight, and there could even be a chance of snow in high areas in the south overnight.

She said: "The south and east could become cold after next weekend, most likely with many parts dry, perhaps with some snow, mainly on hills".

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Saturday will start windy with further scattered showers. Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

"This weather has impacted the network, but I'm pleased to say that we were able to restore some power within minutes and our engineers have also worked in hard conditions to restore power to customers and they'll be working through the day to restore the remaining customers as quickly as possible".

"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate".

"Peak gusts across Northern Ireland will be 60 to 70mph but could be close to 80mph towards the west coast of Ireland and this is why Met Eireann issued an orange warning for counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal".

A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland on Saturday.

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