ENW restores power to 17000 customers as Storm Erik hits

The yellow weather warning for strong winds will come into place early on Saturday morning. Credit Met Office

Samantha Loukes, network manager for Electricity North West, said: "Storm Erik has brought some severe gales to our region overnight and this morning, with 74mph winds recorded at St Bees in Cumbria". Part of a doubledecker bus in Poole, Dorset, was crushed by a felled trunk and a road in south Belfast was closed when a number of branches fell on the bonnet of a auto.

Gale force winds have left 1,700 homes and businesses without power, mainly in the west of the country.

Storm Erik smashed into the United Kingdom on Saturday, with gusts of up to 75mph and heavy rain.

After seeing the video, Senior First Officer Scott Bateman explained the steps taken by the pilots, Scott tweeted, "It's a particularly challenging day at #Heathrow with gusty winds".

According to the Met Office, the strongest winds are to be expected in southern Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.

The accident, which happened on the Milltown road close to Shaws bridge in the south of the city before lunchtime, led to a road closure in both directions.

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It says delays are to be expected on bridges - especially for high-sided vehicles - as well as power cuts and large waves along the coast.

The storm was dubbed Storm Erik by the Irish weather service Met Éireann where it caused winds of approaching 100mph.

"Wet conditions following colder weather could give further snowfall, with potential for snow to low levels".

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

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".

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