Storm Erik to batter Scotland with gales and heavy rain overnight

Various Met Office warnings are currently in place including a yellow weather warning for rain

Various Met Office warnings are currently in place including a yellow weather warning for rain

The Met Office said wind speeds of 75mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 74mph in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, adding that across the rest of the country gusts between 40 and 50mph were typical.

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

Footage showed a British Airways plane forced to abandon its initial landing at Heathrow airport after strong winds put the aircraft off-balance seconds before it was about to touch down.

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

DORSET POLICEThe massive tree struck the bus on Ringwood Road in Poole, police said.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill warned that the weather could cause further issues on roads.

"The highest winds will be in exposed coastal areas, where these values may be exceeded at times".

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There were numerous flood warnings in England and Scotland yesterday due to storm Erik which also brought winds of up to 70mph in some parts of the UK.

Victoria Jones - PA Images via Getty ImagesA woman battles strong winds on London's Waterloo bridge on Friday.

On Saturday night there will be some rain across southern England with snow falling over hills in places.

Met Office Meteorologist Steven Keates said rain would hit the United Kingdom, particularly in Scotland where the mercury could drop to -4C.

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

Most areas of the United Kingdom will hover around freezing with "quite a widespread" frost on Monday morning as we move into a week of drier but at times colder weather.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday.

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