Status Orange wind warning issued as Storm Erik looms

Erika Holt
February 9, 2019

Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for parts of the country into the weekend.

A British Airways plane has been filmed being forced to abandon its landing as strong winds from Storm Erik batter the UK.

NI Direct also warned that there could be "power cuts, large waves in coastal areas, fallen trees, and risk of flying debris".

Highways England do not have any plans to close the Orwell Bridge at this time, although they still could make a decision on the road if conditions worsen.

The issue is caused by the high winds now battering large parts of Northern Ireland - there are now seven issues right across the country.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is now in place and will remain so until 6pm this evening.

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The Met Office said Erik would bring strong winds to parts of the country on Friday and will be followed by rain and more unsettled weather.

Before then, exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland.

The weather would result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", said Sarah Kent, a Met Office meteorologist.

Southwesterly winds will strengthen across the United Kingdom on Friday, so it's going to be a windy day for everyone.

Forecasting Sunday's weather, Ms Maxey said: "There is the chance of patchy rain and this could be heavy in places". It is due to come into effect at 9am on Friday morning, and end at 6am on Saturday.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.

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