Storm Erik SNOW and GALES, warn Met Office

A British Airways flight into Heathrow was forced to dramatically abandon its landing, after high winds from Storm Erik battered the airfield. "The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely".

The Met Office issued a number of weather warnings for floods and strong winds on Saturday, as Storm Erik brought gusts of nearly 70mph that caused disruption on several roads, with emergency services warning motorists to take care.

A tree also hit a double decker bus in Dorset yesterday, but the passengers and driver escaped unscathed.

Gale force winds have swept through the United Kingdom, felling trees and causing delays for travellers and motorists.

"The road is expected to be closed for the majority of the day due to the complexity of the recovery operation and for police to carry out an examination of the scene".

"These gusts of winds will be ranging between 45 to 55mph as high as perhaps 65mph across the northwest of Scotland for instance over the higher ground of Wales swell".

"We're looking at winds of 50 to 60mph in Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland".

The Tamar Bridge between Devon and Cornwall is also closed to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles in both directions.

As Storm Erik approaches the country, Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for three counties in the west.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

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.


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