Orange warning in effect as Erik brings 120km/h gusts

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The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow alert weather warning of 60mph winds in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Erik batters the counties on Friday.

Video posted on social media shows the moment a British Airways plane had difficulty landing at Heathrow airport in London due to strong winds. A tree also came down on a double-decker bus in Poole, Dorset, smashing through its roof and windows.

Dramatic photos from the scene in Poole showed a trunk lying across the top deck of the bus, having completely crushed the front windscreen.

There are no reports of any major issues as a result of high winds in the west this morning.

Police closed the road in both directions as they praised a quick-thinking HGV driver who blocked off the carriageway with his vehicle to stop others from crashing into the giant oak.

It is expected to reach Donegal later in the morning, with the weather warning in place from 9.00 am Friday.

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As winds ease off later on Saturday, some hill snow is forecast in central and southern parts of England and into Wales, Mr Burkill said, before calmer conditions on Sunday.

Forecasting Sunday's weather, Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "There is the chance of patchy rain and this could be heavy in places".

"That (hill snow) will clear through Sunday morning, with blustery showers following behind".

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.

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

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