Storm Erik: Motorists warned of travel disruptions

"Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a "go around", A British Airways spokeswoman told United Kingdom media. "The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely".

Meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "On Friday we've got a named storm passing through the north of the country".

"They're going to have very strong winds.We could therefore see some further problems on roads".

A tree also hit a double decker bus in Dorset yesterday, but the passengers and driver escaped unscathed.

Back on home ground, winds are expected to reach an average of between 65 and 80 kilometres per hour, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.

There are also a number of bridge closures in place as a result of the bad weather.

Wind speeds are dropping across the country as Storm Erik moves off, eastwards, towards Wales and the British Midlands.

Police are investigating whether high winds were to blame.

Junction 34 of the M1 at Tinsley was closed earlier this morning to high sided vehicles and speed restrictions will remain in place throughout the day.

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.

"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".

The forecaster added that gale force winds with gusts 50-70mph were likely to ease on Saturday.

  • Tracy Klein