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08th Feb 2019

WATCH: Plane forced to abort landing at Heathrow as Storm Erik takes hold

Dave Hanratty

Heathrow aborted plane landing Storm Erik


Storm Erik is making its presence known as the weekend comes into focus.

In case you missed it, two status orange weather wind warnings and a status yellow rainfall warning are in effect as increasingly intense conditions develop in the north and the west.

Met Éireann even took the time to provide a handy explainer on how and why they name storms, so check that out if you’ve ever been intrigued on that front.

Erik has arrived, then, and he’s not messing about.

Across the water, the storm caused some trouble at Heathrow Airport on Friday as a British Airways plane was forced to abort its landing at the last second due to strong winds.

Following a bit of a wobble, the aircraft managed to realign itself and take off again.

Big Jet TV captured the dramatic footage of the incident, which you can view below.

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.

An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland have urged motorists to take extra caution on the roads.

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