The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday. There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines.
"This weather has impacted the network, but I'm pleased to say that we were able to restore some power within minutes and our engineers have also worked in hard conditions to restore power to customers and they'll be working through the day to restore the remaining customers as quickly as possible".
'And it will be a touch colder than it has been on recent mornings.
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".
Saturday will start windy with further scattered showers.
'This will bring in strong to gale force winds and also some locally heavy rain at times as well, now that continues to make its way further south-east overnight.
Storm Erik was named by Met Eireann on Thursday.
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".
On Friday morning a 50-year-old died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales, a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pntyberem and Llannon in east Wales. Weather warnings have been issued for the south coast of England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.
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