A driver has died after strong gusts brought by Storm Erik blew a tree down as the Met Office warned of flooding and power cuts.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a tree fell on two cars in Buckfastleigh, Devon, in the early hours of Friday.

Emergency services were called at 5.30am and took the man to hospital, but he died later in the morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

A woman who was in the other car that was hit by the same tree had to be extracted by firefighters and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police praised an HGV driver for blocking off the A384 with his lorry to stop others from crashing into the oak tree.

An energised jet stream hit the UK this morning after the storm, named Erik by Irish forecasters, brought winds of 56mph to Cork overnight.

Northern Ireland and western Scotland will be hit by particularly strong winds of up to 70mph on the coast on Friday.

Delays are likely for commuters in those areas on Friday and there could be power cuts due to the heavy wind, the Met Office said, as it extended its wind warning until Saturday at 3pm.

Rain warnings are also in place for most of Scotland where heavy downpours could lead to flooding which could cause delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

There is a chance some communities in Scotland may be cut off by flooded roads, the Met Office added.

Erik hit Ireland on Thursday evening, with waves washing over the sea view promenade in Galway, while the Irish Coast Guard posted video of waves crashing over harbour walls as they reminded people to stay away from beaches, cliffs, piers, and harbour walls.

The rest of the country will experience lower levels of rain and strong gusts, especially in Wales, the west and southwest England, on Friday and Saturday.

The Welsh and Cornish coasts could experience winds of 55mph and the southern English coast could reach 50mph, Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent warned.

It’s going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today, she said.

And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too, so there will be some quite nasty travelling conditions out there this morning.

Temperatures will be above normal, reaching double figures in the South East, but will feel cooler because of the winds, forecasters from the Weather Channel said.

Sunday will see a little respite but there is still a risk of gales and snow in the North and over the Welsh hills.

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