Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow alert weather warning of 60mph winds in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Erik batters the counties on Friday. Part of a doubledecker bus in Poole, Dorset, was crushed by a felled trunk and a road in south Belfast was closed when a number of branches fell on the bonnet of a vehicle.

Snow, rain and wind are set to continue to batter the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Erik rages on through Saturday.

"In the case of wind they will verbalise and practice manoeuvres such as a go around as well as setting acceptable and safe parameters for the day".

"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate".

The Met Office said wind speeds of 75mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 74mph in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, adding that across the rest of the country gusts between 40 and 50mph were typical.

The Met Office has put a weather warning for wind in place covering most of the United Kingdom, with strong winds expecting in the south of Scotland, much of England, and Northern Ireland.

And now, it seems as though the effects of Storm Erik are showing.

It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

By mid-week, conditions are expected to be milder and more settled as high pressure dominates, keeping severe weather fronts at bay.

"That (hill snow) will clear through Sunday morning, with blustery showers following behind". Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

Wet and windy weather is set to continue throughout the weekend with the possibility of snow again early next week.

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