Storm Erik claims another victim but conditions could become more settled

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Storm Erik claims another victim but conditions could become more settled

A British Airways plane has been filmed being forced to abandon its landing as strong winds from Storm Erik batter the UK.

Storm Erik is battering the North West today bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the region.

Winds of up to 70mph are predicted for across the country, with the North of England set to be hit particularly hard.

The plane circled the airport and landed safely.

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

It's going to be another very windy one.

On Friday morning a 50-year-old 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 Pntyberem and Llannon in east Wales.

The forecaster added: "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".

Overall, Friday will be a very windy day with strong to gale-force southwesterly winds gradually veering westerly.

A yellow weather warning for strong wind until 3pm covered much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland, with a separate yellow warning for northern Scotland that said flooding could follow heavy rains.

However, the snow is expected to clear on Sunday, with a few blustery showers following it.

The Rathlin Island ferry was cancelled and the Met Office has warned of further travel disruption through the weekend, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport likely.

Are you prepared for the bad weather?

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