Planes face challenges during Dublin landings due to Storm Kathleen

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Sunday’s turbulent weather brought unexpected challenges for planes attempting to land at Dublin Airport. One Aer Lingus plane, arriving from Venice, experienced a jolty landing that required an immediate abort.

The plane touched down sideways on the runway but failed to secure a stable position due to the strong winds. Passengers onboard the flight experienced a nerve-wracking moment as they felt the plane bounce back into the air. This was captured in video by EU Plane Spotters. Other planes were seen having similar hair-raising landing attempts.

Numerous flights were diverted to other airports due to the severe conditions. The storm caused over 140 flight cancellations across the UK and Ireland. Approximately 34,000 people in Ireland lost power during the storm, a number that later decreased to around 12,000.

Some UK airports reported significant flight disruptions. These include Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Belfast. At Birmingham Airport, winds caused such turbulence that approaching aircrafts seemed to sway from left to right before landing.

Challenging weather conditions

Weather warnings were issued for various parts of both countries, with strong winds and heavy rain expected to continue next week. Met Éireann’s Deputy Head of Forecasting, Liz Coleman, advised travelers to prepare for unpredictable weather and to stay informed about forecast updates.

“It is the end of the Easter holidays, so there will be a lot of people traveling, and they may not be expecting such unseasonably strong and gusty winds. Please make sure to plan your journeys in advance by keeping in contact with the forecast,” she stated.

The national meteorological service has issued alerts for challenging travel conditions; potential tree collapses, intermittent power disruptions, coastal inundation, and waves breaching sea defenses during active weather advisories.

Counties Mayo and Galway were under an orange wind alert until 6 p.m. Meanwhile, a yellow wind alert covered the entire country until 8 p.m., with Donegal, Mayo, and west Galway receiving a similar advisory until 4 p.m. the following Sunday.

Wind speeds in excess of 70 mph (112km/h) were common across several regions, with the Scottish Highlands’ Cairngorm summit experiencing the strongest gusts at 101 mph. Additionally, Drumalbin in South Lanarkshire recorded high winds of 73 mph.

The current spell of poor weather is expected to remain over the subsequent days. At the onset of the week, rain will cover most of the area by morning, except for the far northwest, which might stay dry. Persistent rain throughout the day, particularly heavy in the southeast, raises the possibility of flooding in localized areas.

Tuesday was to experience intermittent showers, yet it’s anticipated to be predominantly dry, with periods of sunshine in the morning. Meanwhile, Wednesday is expected to be overcast, foggy, and rainy, with persistent light rain throughout the day.

The forecast for Thursday is somewhat uncertain, yet it’s expected to be predominantly overcast with occasional rain showers and temperatures reaching highs of 13 to 16 degrees Celsius.

The storm not only led to flooding and power outages but also necessitated the cancellation of several events.

Kathleen affected rock band concert

The Hives, a Swedish garage rock band, were among those affected by the storm. The group had to cancel their Dublin show. They had been touring the UK and Ireland and were initially scheduled to perform in Dublin on April 8, but the show was later postponed due to the storm. The band made up for the unfortunate events by announcing a surprise gig at Sheffield’s Leadmill.

Storm Kathleen may have disrupted travel plans and caused chaos in the aviation industry, but the show—and life—must go on.

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