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Fierce gales were already causing disruption, with airports across the United Kingdom reporting delays to some arrivals and departures.

A spokesperson from British Airways reassured viewers on social media though, adding: "Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a "go around". It has now landed safely at Manchester. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.

A tree also came down on a double-decker bus in Poole, Dorset, smashing through its roof and windows. Part of a doubledecker bus in Poole, Dorset, was crushed by a felled trunk and a road in south Belfast was closed when a number of branches fell on the bonnet of a vehicle.

"The road is expected to be closed for the majority of the day due to the complexity of the recovery operation and for police to carry out an examination of the scene".

The Erskine Bridge over the Clyde and the Skye Bridge were closed to tall vehicles while the Tay Road Bridge was open to cars only yesterday.

The warning comes after ferries around Cornwall and Devon were cancelled on Friday morning, the Tamar Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles and flood alerts were issued for the North Cornwall coast.

The Met Office has said there could be flooding in parts of the United Kingdom, as well as nightmare travel conditions amid 70mph gales and sheet rain.

There will be frost and the chance of some snow in the north of the country towards the end of the weekend, when falling rain meets cold air.

"Status Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland".

"Sunday will see outbreaks of rain across England and Wales, could see some snow for a time over the hills, especially over northern England and Wales".

Wind speeds of 69mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 68mph in Avonmouth, Bristol, while 50mph winds were expected inland, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said.

Storm Erik is bringing winds of up to 60mph.


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