Plane abandons landing as Storm Erik batters Heathrow with winds

High winds and waves battering Meadfoot Torquay

High winds and waves battering Meadfoot Torquay

Storm Erik has seen wet and windy weather forecast across the United Kingdom and Ireland, with winds of 70mph in some areas and heavy rain across large parts of the UK.

A spokeswoman for The Weather Channel said the deep low would be accompanied by fresh to strong winds reaching gale force along coastal areas.

One man died after a tree fell on his auto in Devon on Friday morning.

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.

DORSET POLICEThe massive tree struck the bus on Ringwood Road in Poole, police said.

After seeing the video, Senior First Officer Scott Bateman explained the steps taken by the pilots, Scott tweeted, "It's a particularly challenging day at #Heathrow with gusty winds".

Winds caused a CCTV mast to sway above the A20 near Dover, forcing the closure of the road while it was repaired, Highways England said.

Storm Erik was named by Met Eireann on Thursday. Things should be slightly calmer in England and Wales, where sunny spells are expected.

In Londonderry, the Foyle Bridge closed to high sided vehicles on Friday morning.

On Sunday, rain and snow over the hills in the south is expected to clear east with blustery showers following. Meanwhile, in the north it's going to be a fairly bright day.

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

Most of the rain will be in the north-west with 20-30mm forecast in the west on Friday afternoon with the risk of local flooding.

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