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STORM Erik is causing chaos across the country as it batters the United Kingdom with high winds.

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.

Storm Erik is here, and it has resulted in rain, gale force winds and a number of weather warnings.

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.

Berkshire should escape the worst of Storm Erik.

The wind warning along the south coast of England lapses on Friday evening but a wind warning extends over more of England into north Wales during Saturday.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.

However, 50-60 miles per hour gusts are still possible over the sea and coasts.

The warning, updated at 11:00am today, will be valid from 5:00am tomorrow through to 6:00am on Saturday morning.

Wet weather will follow later as rain moves in across the United Kingdom, and some of it could be heavy at times.

Saturday will start windy with further scattered showers. Highest temperatures will be around 6 to 9 degrees.

Mr Garner added: "There will be a strong north-westerly winds on Sunday to end the weekend". Light southwest winds will freshen and veer westerly overnight, helping to mitigate the risk of frost and icy patches.

Temperatures will be above average but it will feel cooler in the winds. Minima will drop to between minus 3 and plus 3 degrees.

Homes in Devon were forced to make do with a cold breakfast when the lights went out this morning. Top temperatures 6 to 8 degrees in light variable breezes.