British Airways jet aborts landing due to ferocious winds

A wet and windy start to the weekend has been forecast, with Storm Erik bringing winds of 70mph to some areas and heavy rain across large parts of the UK.

Fierce gales were already causing disruption, with airports across the United Kingdom reporting delays to some arrivals and departures.

"Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard manoeuvre known as a "go around", A British Airways spokeswoman told United Kingdom media.

The plane circled the airport before making a second attempt - which was successful.

Storms on Friday caused trees to fall on vehicles across the country.

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's also an orange warning in place for the marine, as a result of high winds.

Officials say strong winds are also delaying repairs to the A20 Roundhill Tunnel, on the outskirts of Folkestone, which has been closed in both directions.

Junction 34 of the M1 at Tinsley was closed earlier this morning to high sided vehicles and speed restrictions will remain in place throughout the day.

Despite The Met Office's yellow warning of wind during Friday and Saturday for Berkshire being cancelled, heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the county throughout Friday, February 8.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

The Met Office has put two yellow wind...

"Even a bit of snow at times over the highest grounds here".

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.

  • Jon Douglas