More from STORM ERIK overnight and for Saturday morning, clearing east.

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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. It has now landed safely at Manchester.

Video posted on social media shows the moment a British Airways plane had difficulty landing at Heathrow airport in London due to strong winds. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.

Police in Dorset were called on Friday morning after a tree fell on to a double-decker bus.

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

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".

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The central lane of the Tamar Bridge linking the A38 between Saltash, Cornwall, and Plymouth, Devon, has been shut because of fears lorries and other high-sided vehicles might be blown sideways by the gales.

The alert remains in place until 5am tomorrow, while a status orange wind warning is in place, for Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

The respite though will only be temporary with a further warning of high winds and rain coming into play from midnight, right through until 3pm on Saturday.

The Met Office say Northern Ireland will face "particularly strong" winds, with gusts of 50 to 60mph expected inland.

The slow moving low pressure continues to nudge NE wards overnight with bands of heavy rain, squally winds and hefty showers swirling around the storm.

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