Power out in Donegal homes, trees cleared as Storm Erik blows out

Zuber and Mohsin Issa

A motorist had a narrow escape after a tree fell on a auto in south Belfast as Storm Erik brought dangerously high winds to Northern Ireland yesterday.

There will be frost and the chance of some snow in the north of the country towards the end of the weekend, when falling rain meets cold air.

The south is set to be temporarily hit by a band of wet weather, while snow is expected to fall in higher part of Wales and England's Peak District.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: 'A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning.

'Sunny spells for many of us, also a mixture of rain and showers in other parts of the UK.

However, it is thought the storm will largely clear on Sunday with conditions becoming more settled as the week progresses - but there could still be outbreaks of rain.

A video showing a British Airlines plane struggling to land at Heathrow Airport has gone viral after strong winds from Storm Erik forced the aircraft to abort a nervy first landing attempt.

Mr Keates added: "It will be a brighter second-half of the day for Wales, south-west and northern England with a few showers thrown into the mix as well".

'And then this area of low pressure starts to make its way across Northern Ireland as we head through the afternoon.

Storm Erik caused significant disruption to CalMac's west coast ferries yesterday, with sailings on many routes suspended, such as the main link to Arran.

The Met Office said there was a risk of flooding north of the Central Belt because of "frequent heavy showers" and melting snow.

A yellow weather warning has been issued from 10.30am until 8pm in Portsmouth and the South East.

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

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