Aer Lingus cancel a number of Heathrow flights due to UK storm
Bad weather marks first day of winter time
Aer Lingus have been forced to cancel a number of flights to and from Heathrow Airport in the morning due to the stormy conditions ravaging the British Isles.
Aer Lingus took the step as England and Wales braced itself for storms.
Services between Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Heathrow were affected.
All airlines have been asked to reduce their schedules to the massive international airports due to the weather forecast at Heathrow.
Here are the flights affected:
EI152 Dublin to London Heathrow
EI153 London Heathrow to Dublin
EI154 Dublin to London Heathrow
EI155 London Heathrow to Dublin
EI710 Cork to London Heathrow
EI711 London Heathrow to Cork
EI030 Belfast City to London Heathrow
EI031 London Heathrow to Belfast City
All other Aer Lingus flights will run as normal.
In a statement released this evening Aer Lingus said: "Customers who are affected by these cancellations will be accommodated on the next available flights. Customers are requested to visit aerlingus.com in order to change their booking or request a refund.
"Aer Lingus apologises sincerely for this schedule disruption, which is due to factors beyond its control."
Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports urged passengers to keep up to date with the status of their flights, although there were no cancellations by 6.30pm tonight.
A Bristol Airport spokesman wrote on Twitter: "All flights currently operating and passengers advised to check in as normal - but please allow extra time for your journey."
There will be no train services to/from Gatwick tomorrow morning either.
Meanwhile, a search is under way for a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea while swimming near the shore in Newhaven, East Sussex.
Winds of more than 80mph could leave a trail of destruction, bringing down trees and causing widespread structural damage, leading to power cuts and transport chaos tomorrow morning.
Surface water floods could strike much of England as the Met Office predicts 2-4cm of rain could fall within six to nine hours overnight.
Police said the missing teenager got into difficulty at about 4.15pm while swimming with friends near the shore at West Beach, Newhaven.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "This is a very distressing incident and everything possible is being done to try to find the boy.
"Meanwhile, all agencies remind people of the dangers of being at seashores in adverse weather, especially in view of the approaching severe weather conditions overnight. The advice is straightforward - stay clear."
A MCA spokeswoman said that weather conditions at the scene were atrocious this evening and Solent Coastguard were considering having to suspend the operation until first light.
She added: "At the moment we are still searching. The helicopter has refuelled and is going out, and the lifeboat is there but is taking a battering in the heavy seas.
"The weather conditions are just atrocious, with poor visibility making it extremely difficult. They are determined to find this boy - it's difficult to call it off."
She explained that police were with the boy's family and "they are distraught".
It appears that the boy was playing in the surf when he was swept away. It is not known if his family were at the beach at the time.
MET Eireann has issued a code yellow warning with strong to gale force winds of up to 85 km/h expected today.
The warning comes as the UK is bracing itself for the worst storm in 25 years - the storm is called St Jude whose feast day is tomorrow.
Irish Ferries has cancelled its fast craft services including Jonathan Swift although passengers can avail of its traditional ferry services.
Stena Line has also cancelled some of its services.
The southwest to westerly winds are expected along parts of the west and northwest coasts of Ireland.
But some areas can still expect sunny spells for their Bank Holiday weekend.
"It will be very windy in parts, especially in coastal areas," a Met Eireann spokesperson told independent.ie, "There will be widespread showers, most of them heavy and thundery, but people can still expect bright and sunny spells in between showers."
"Gusts will get as high as 70-85 kilometres an hour."
Meanwhile in Britain, where an amber alert has been issued for the UK and Wales, a major storm is expected today and tonight which could lead to power cuts and travel chaos.
The weather is expected to be as extreme as the Great Storm of 1987 when 18 people were killed.
Hurricane force winds will be strong enough to uproot trees while rain of up to two inches is also forecast.
Major airports have disruption plans in force while some ferry operators have suspended services.