Plane forced to abort landing at Heathrow as Storm Erik takes hold

Plane forced to abort landing at Heathrow as Storm Erik takes hold

Plane forced to abort landing at Heathrow as Storm Erik takes hold

"A period of particularly strong winds will affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Friday, with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour inland and occasionally 70 miles per hour along exposed coasts".

Meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "On Friday we've got a named storm passing through the north of the country".

The two weather warnings apply to all of Northern Ireland.

Gusts of 70mph are expected on Saturday, as Erik batters much of the country for a second day. There will be cloudy, wet conditions with some heavier rain coming this afternoon. They're going to have very strong winds.

Meanwhile, Dorset Police said officers were called on Friday morning after a tree fell on to a double-decker bus.

Met Eireann states: "The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions".

The Status Orange warning is in operation for Galway and Mayo from 5am to 1pm Friday and for Donegal from 9am Friday to 6am Saturday.

The Severn Bridge partially closed as a result of high winds.

The rain will ease across Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading, Berkshire on Saturday, February 9 but it will remain blustery. "And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too", she said.

Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected to continue to wreak havoc with those staying in, with fallen trees having already caused dozens of homes in Cornwall to experience power cuts.

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