Gale force winds sweep country as Storm Erik brings disruption

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10 February, 2019

Rescue services are also warning that seas are still high and will take some time to settle.

The high winds have affected air travel, with one British Airways flight failing to land at Heathrow amid the gales.

Footage posted on Twitter showed it bouncing around on approach to landing before the pilot abandoned the landing and circled the airport. It has now landed safely at Manchester.

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.

One driver had a lucky escape in south Belfast after a tree fell onto their auto on the Milltown Road.

The winds begin to veer from the SW to W then NW with a tuck of gales and higher gusts overnight for Co.

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Met Office yellow - "be aware" - severe weather warnings are in force until 3pm, including for rain.

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

While there is expected to be a lull in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again around midnight, when a warning for wind will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of Northern England.

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

On Sunday, rain and snow over the hills in the south is expected to clear east with blustery showers following.

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