Road crews on standby for flooding ahead of Storm Erik

Storm Erik met éireann weather forecast

Storm Erik on the way

Storm Erik could bring also bring flooding to parts of the United Kingdom, according to weather forecasters, as gales of 70mph are tipped to continue to pummel the country in the coming days. It has now landed safely at Manchester.

Footage showed a British Airways plane forced to abandon its initial landing at Heathrow airport after strong winds put the aircraft off-balance seconds before it was about to touch down. 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.

Police were called to the scene on Ringwood Road in Poole shortly before midday.

There are also a number of bridge closures in place as a result of the bad weather. The bridge connecting England and Wales is closed to all vehicles heading eastbound and closed westbound to all high-sided and vulnerable vehicles.

The warning is in effect in Galway from 5am on Friday morning until 1pm in the afternoon.

A statement on the Met Office website said: "A swathe of very strong westerly winds is expected to move east through Saturday morning, easing from the west during the day".

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

High winds that have battered the county for the past two days are set to continue over the weekend and some heavy showers are predicted.

MET Éireann has named its fifth storm of the season ahead of the arrival of Storm Erik on Friday.

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