Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Storm Erik

Storm Erik was the the first storm named in 2019, and the sixth of the 2018-19 storm season. 

Across the 8 and 9 Februrary 2019, there were strong gusts across the UK and Ireland with the strongest gust of 86 mph recorded at Capel Curig in North Wales.

Pressure analysis chart of Storm Erik

Storm Erik impacts

Strong winds brought gale force gusts across the UK and Ireland, creating large waves to exposed coasts and felling trees. As winds increased a tree fell on two cars in Buckfastleigh, Devon, causing the death of one driver. In Poole, Dorset a tree fell through the roof of a double decker bus. Another driver was killed in west Wales after colliding with a fallen tree. The Severn, Tamar and Dartford crossing bridges were partially closed to to high sided vehicles due to the strong winds, as were the Ouse and Humber bridges.  There were various reports of road closures across the country due to fallen trees and infrastructure. Some flights, ferry and rail services were also affected by the strong winds. In the Republic of Ireland 2500 people were left without power. 


Site name Area Max gust (mph)
Capel Curig Wales 86
Mace Head Ireland 76
Killowen Northern Ireland 76
Scilly England 76
Belmullet Ireland 72
Needles England 72
Southampton England 69
Mumbles Wales 67
Berry Head England 66
Crosby England 64