Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Gale force winds sweep country as Storm Erik brings disruption

Road crews on standby for flooding ahead of Storm Erik Edinburgh weather: Storm Erik to bring 70mph gusts and heavy rain
Melinda Barton | 10 February, 2019, 15:59

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

The Met Office said strong westerly winds can be expected throughout the county for much of Saturday morning and afternoon.

"Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a "go around", A British Airways spokeswoman told United Kingdom media. "The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely".

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Also on Friday a tree fell on to a double-decker bus in Dorset, but no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, a second weather warning for strong winds extends over large parts of central and southern Scotland.

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

The strongest wind gusts were recorded in Mayo and Galway - in Belmullet Mayo a gust of 115km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr while at Mace Head, Galway a gust of 122km/hr has been recorded with a mean wind speed of 83km/hr according to the Donegal Weather Channel.

Saturday will see a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers, with the most persistent rain in the north of the country and the possible risk of hail and thunder in the west.

Storm Erik will continue to batter the United Kingdom today with strong winds before snow showers hit some parts of the country.

The Met Office's wind warning, which was in place until 15:00 BST on Saturday, has now been cancelled.

On Saturday night there will be some rain across southern England with snow falling over hills in places.

'At the hills here, mainly over 300 to 400 metres it could turn to snow for a time as well, but for most of us it will be a little bit wetter and windier as it makes its way through'.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday.