Published On: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Storm Aileen flights: Delay and cancellation UPDATE as extreme weather hits UK | Travel News | Travel

The first storm to be named for the season has wreaked havoc on commuters across the country. 

Storm Aileen hit the Midlands, northern England and Wales with gusts of up to 75pmh. 

Travel plans have been thrown into disarray as the powerful weather event takes hold. 

The Met Office said: “Very strong winds with gusts of 55-65 mph, perhaps reaching 75 mph in exposed places, are looking increasingly likely on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

“Longer journey times by road, rail and air are likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges.

“There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings.”

Flights at East Midlands Airport were impacted by the severe storm. 

An outbound flight to Murcia in Spain was cancelled this morning. 

A Brussels flight was delayed by three hours, from 7.20am to 10.20am, due to the strong winds. 

A spokesperson for East Midlands Airport told Leicester Mercury: “These were the only two flights affected by the strong winds.

“The winds were strong but air traffic control said the winds were straight down the runway.

“If the winds had been crosswinds then perhaps more flights would have been affected.”

Passengers are advised to check with their individual airline for any delays or cancellations. 

Express.co.uk has contacted the airport for comment. 

Last night, strong winds saw gusts of 70mph in the west of Bristol and 63mph at Heathrow but the meteorologist revealed Storm Aileen is now pushing eastwards moving towards the North Sea.

Lincolnshire and East Anglia are expecting 45mph gusts but the wind will slowly ease towards the end of the day.

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