Deaths reported as Cyclone Eunice cause chaos across UK

Britain recorded its strongest winds on Friday as one of the fiercest to hit the UK and Ireland in years from the Atlantic Ocean, causing damage, damage and disruption across large area, and caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power.

Wind gusts of 122mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, which the Met Office said was temporarily the highest on record in the UK. The agency had previously issued a rare red weather warning, indicating a danger to life, across parts of southern England and Wales.

Three deaths have been reported in the UK: a woman in north London after a tree fell on her car, a Hampshire man whose car was hit by a fallen tree and a man in Merseyside crashed by flying debris. Several cases of serious injuries have also been reported across the country.

Three people were killed in Amsterdam and one in Ireland as the second major storm this week made landfall across northern Europe.

Hundreds of flights and thousands of train services have been canceled as winds blow across the UK. Some of the largest ports have closed.

In the UK, London’s O2 Arena, the site formerly known as the Millennium Dome, was damaged when a large part of its dome was ripped off.

O2 Arena's Roof Damage

Wind damaged the roof of London’s O2 Stadium in Greenwich © Stefan Rousseau / PA

Energy Secretary Greg Hands tweeted that power had been restored to the 711,000 people without power but warned that “more disruption is likely”. London Fire Brigade said it had declared a “major incident” because of the volume of emergency calls.

Air travel was hit hard, as high winds closed London City Airport for much of Friday and disrupted London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and others other flight. According to flight data provider Cirium, at least 436 flights had been canceled by early afternoon.

Flight tracking service Flightradar24 shows some planes have diverted to other European airports.

At one stage, more than 215,000 people were watching Big Jet TV, a live broadcast with commentary about planes struggling to land at Heathrow.

British Airways captain Kirsten Molyneaux, who flew to Heathrow on Friday, described “a challenging arrival”.

“The decision we have to make as pilots is whether the approach is appropriate, and if not, we don’t take the risk, we go around and try again. . . As pilots, we know our passengers put all their trust in us and we really take that responsibility seriously,” she said.

A Ryanair plane was blown sideways in strong winds as it took off from Leeds Bradford Airport

A Ryanair plane is blown sideways in strong winds as it takes off from Leeds Bradford Airport © Andrew McCaren / LNP

The UK’s three largest container ports – Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton – have all been suspended. Other ports, including Liverpool and Dover, are also temporarily closed.

Rail services have been hit hard, as passengers across the UK have been told not to travel and warned of possible disruption over the weekend as overhead power lines go under control Check and the tracks have been cleared of obstacles.

All trains in Wales and operators including South West Railway, Great Western Railway and Chiltern were suspended on Friday. Other operators have canceled important parts of their schedules.

Train service at Waterloo Station is among those affected

Train service at Waterloo station is among those affected © May James / Reuters

Stagecoach has suspended bus services in Kent and East Sussex except those serving hospitals, while First Bus has canceled services in and around Bristol.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, urged Londoners to “stay at home until the storm passes”.

Royal Mail has warned of “severe disruption” to mail and parcel shipping across the UK after suspending operations in areas with red weather warnings. Rival DHL said parcels for delivery in Scotland, Wales and the south west could be delayed by up to 24 hours and warned that further delays could continue.

Several road bridges were closed for parts of Friday, including the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge, connecting England and Wales. National Highways said it believes this is the first time both bridges have been forced to close simultaneously.

A mother pushes her child through a fallen tree in London

A mother pushes her child through a fallen tree in London © Andy Rain / EPA / Shutterstock

In an interview with Sky News on Friday, Home Affairs Minister Damian Hinds urged the public to “take precautions” and “make sure they are safe. The weather is unpredictable and it’s really important that we all move on. . . to retrieve. . . he said.

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