Storm Eunice hits Europe on Friday, while Britain affected with record-breaking winds and forcing millions to take shelter. At least 7 peoples killed in Britain. Storm disrupted flights, trains and ferries across Western Europe.
London was empty after the British capital was placed under its first “red” weather warning, meaning there is “danger to life”. According to police, by nightfall, a woman in her 30s had died after a tree fell on a car.
Meanwhile a man in his 50s was also killed in northwest England after debris struck the windscreen of a vehicle while travelling, according to Merseyside Police.
Falling trees during storm killed three people in the Netherlands and a man in his 60s in southeast Ireland, while a Canadian man aged 79 died in Belgium, according to officials in each country.
In London, the highest weather alert level was declared across southern England, South Wales and the Netherlands, with many schools closed and rail travel halted, as high tides waves broke sea walls along the coasts.
Meanwhile, power outages and blackout to more than 140,000 homes in England, mostly in the southwest, and 80,000 properties in Ireland according to utility companies.
Three people were taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the storm, and a large section of the roof on the capital’s Millennium Dome was shredded by the gales.
— Sharon Forbes (@BlondeMzungu) February 18, 2022
Wind gusted of 122 miles (196 kilometers) per hour was measured on the Isle of Wight off southern England, “provisionally the highest gust ever recorded in England”, the Met Office said.
Scientists said the Atlantic storm’s tail could pack a “sting jet”, a rarely seen meteorological phenomenon that brought havoc to Britain and northern France in the “Great Storm” of 1987.
Eunice caused high waves to batter the Brittany coast in northwest France, while Belgium, Denmark and Sweden all issued weather warnings. Long-distance and regional trains were halted in northern Germany.
Ferries across the Channel, the world’s busiest shipping lane, were suspended, before the English port of Dover reopened in the late afternoon.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has ordered the British army on standby and tweeted,
“We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe.”
The @metoffice has issued a Red Weather Warning for much of the UK.
We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe.
I thank responders for all their efforts. https://t.co/peqjkshdNf
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 18, 2022
Environment Agency official Roy Stokes warned weather watchers and amateur photographers against heading to Britain’s southern coastline in search of dramatic footage, calling it “probably the most stupid thing you can do”.
London’s rush-hour streets, where activity has been slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels, were virtually deserted as many heeded government advice to stay home.
Trains into the capital were already running limited services during the morning commute, with speed limits in place, before seven rail operators in England suspended all operations.