The first storm of 2019 is to whip across Britain on Friday, bringing with it winds of up to 60mph and weather warnings.
A woman in her 20s also had to be cut from her Hyundai I20 by firefighters and has been taken to hospital in Plymouth for treatment to minor injuries, the Telegraph's website reports.
Police closed the road in both directions as they praised a quick-thinking HGV driver who blocked off the carriageway with his vehicle to stop others from crashing into the giant oak.
Members of the public look on as Storm Erik makes landfall with winds of up to 70mph to hit some areas of the United Kingdom along with heavy rain on February 8, 2019 in Prestwick, Scotland.
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The warning for heavy rain is in place over the western and Highlands areas up until Saturday afternoon.
The ESB has said that around 2,500 customers across the country are without power because of the storm.
"But Erik could bring the possibility of 70mph gusts along more exposed coasts".
Victoria Jones - PA Images via Getty ImagesA woman battles strong winds on London's Waterloo bridge on Friday.
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Met Éireann on Thursday issued four separate weather warnings for Ireland, two Status Orange and two Status Yellow ahead of Storm Erik.
It will remain unsettled and blustery through Saturday.
There will be frost and the chance of some snow in the north of the country towards the end of the weekend when falling rain meets cold air.
The high winds are expected to continue through Saturday.
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MET Éireann has named its fifth storm of the season ahead of the arrival of Storm Erik on Friday.