Plane abandons landing as Storm Erik batters Heathrow with winds

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However, as we head into the back end of February and into March, the Met Office long-range forecast shows spells of wind and rain crossing the United Kingdom from the Atlantic as well as high pressure to the north and northeast.

A DRIVER had a lucky escape in Belfast yesterday when a tree fell onto a auto at the height of Storm Erik.

The high winds have affected air travel, with one British Airways flight failing to land at Heathrow amid the gales.

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The BA Dreamliner aircraft was filmed by Big Jet TV as it was forced to abandon its landing after strong winds put the plane off-balance seconds before it was about to land.

On Friday morning a 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.

Also on Friday a tree fell on to a double-decker bus in Dorset, but no injuries were reported. In Northern Ireland and western Scotland, waves battered the coasts and winds whipped even harder, reaching 75 miles per hour.

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"We are still urging people that if they see any damage to our overhead power lines please stay away and report it to us straight away so we can fix it safely". There has been disruption to road, ferry and rail services and wild conditions with the strong and gusty SW winds and heavy rain.

Parts of the country could also experience hail and thunder.

"But Erik could bring the possibility of 70mph gusts along more exposed coasts".

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But the bigger picture remains weak. "Consumers and investors are both uncertain about the British economy". It was little changed at $1.2944 as of 1:36 p.m.in London.


Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: 'A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning.

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