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Gale force winds sweep country as Storm Erik brings disruption

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Bennie Garza | 10 February, 2019, 22:28

Recently a video went viral which showed a pilot perform a ideal "TOGA.' The incident happened in Heathrow Airport near London where a British Airways flight aborted landing due to strong winds caused by Storm Erik".

The pilot swiftly aborts landing and takes off again.

Because of the pilots correct decision the flight landed safely later.

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

It came after two men died in separate incidents on the roads in Devon and in Wales on Friday, the latter due to a falling tree. Weather warnings have been issued for the south coast of England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.

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

"It's going to be another very windy one, particularly across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales", he said.

'This will bring in strong to gale force winds and also some locally heavy rain at times as well, now that continues to make its way further south-east overnight.

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".

"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".

She said: "The south and east could become cold after next weekend, most likely with many parts dry, perhaps with some snow, mainly on hills".

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