Met Éireann explain why they name storms as Storm Erik hits Ireland

Saturday, 09 Feb, 2019

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

The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today, while the yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday.

The wind warnings continue for Northern Ireland and Scotland into Saturday as does the heavy rain warning.

Meanwhile, the warning will kick in at 9:00am tomorrow in Co.

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

The estimated restoration time is expected around 12.45pm, with contractors on their way, however, with the winds set to get worse, that could be a little longer.

Office Chief Meteorologist Will Lang warned: 'Where the winds are strongest there could be some disruption to transport, with delays and bridge closures possible.

"So, it will be very windy in many parts".

Already today one person has died and there have been other serious accidents as trees fell in Storm Erik.

Gardaí across Galway and Mayo say while conditions have deteriorated, all routes are passable and there has been no contact from the public in relation to debris or fallen trees on any roads.

Met Eireann states: "The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions".

It said the closure was expected to be in place from Friday morning to mid-afternoon on Saturday.