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

09 February, 2019, 10:44 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Storm Erik to hit Limerick as Met Eireann issues nationwide wind warning

The Atlantic storm is slowly making its way across to Britain and is expected to hit eastern regions during Friday afternoon (February 8).

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.

This orange warning will be valid from 5am to 1pm on Friday.

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.

The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas where the speeds already mentioned may well be exceeded at times.

The public is being urged to avoid any exposed shores on Friday morning while Storm Erik passes over the west.

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

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

The storm's strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 miles per hour at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said. The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder, but they will gradually become more isolated towards evening.

Severe gusts of up to 130km/h are expected, with average wind speeds of up to 80km/h.

"There will be some clearer spells over night and the wind will pick up again tomorrow morning".

Mr Garner added: "There will be a strong north-westerly winds on Sunday to end the weekend".

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