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Storm Eunice – what we know so far

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torm Eunice has brought mighty winds and major disruption to much of the UK.

These are the major developments so far:

– Casualties

One man has died after being struck by a falling tree in Co Wexford, police in Ireland said.

Elsewhere, Thames Valley Police said a member of the public sustained serious injuries when they were struck by “falling debris” in Henley-on-Thames.

– Stay-at-home warnings

Across the UK, but particularly in the worst-affected areas, people have been asked to stay at home.

The Environment Agency also urged weather watchers and amateur photographers to resist the temptation to try and capture dramatic footage of Storm Eunice’s impact.

People look out towards the sea as waves crash against the Cobb in Lyme Regis, west Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA) / PA Wire

Emergency services and the Met Office warned people to stay at home.

Boris Johnson said: “We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe.”

– Power outages

Tens of thousands of homes have had their power cut off.

Western Power Distribution said that, as of 1.30pm, more than 140,000 homes were affected in its area, with around 90,000 of these in the south-west of England, and 40,000 in Wales.

A fallen tree on Egloshaye Road in Wadebridge, north Cornwall (Wadebridge Community Fire Station/PA) / PA Media

– Travel disruption

Road, river and rail have all been affected.

Several bridges were closed, including both Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48, the Humber Bridge between North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, and the Britannia Bridge connecting Anglesey with mainland Wales.

A fallen branch on a car in a car park in Lyme Regis, west Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)
A fallen branch on a car in a car park in Lyme Regis, west Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA) / PA Wire

Major roads including the A66 cross-Pennine route and the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow were partially closed before reopening later.

Train operators across Britain have urged passengers to avoid travelling on Friday as emergency 50mph speed limits are in place in many areas, with no trains operating in Wales for the entire day, and severe disruption out of London.

A sign at London’s Paddington station shows cancelled trains after Storm Eunice hit the south coast (Pete Clifton/PA)
A sign at London’s Paddington station shows cancelled trains after Storm Eunice hit the south coast (Pete Clifton/PA) / PA Wire

On the water, P&O Ferries suspended all sailings between Dover and Calais, while the Sandbanks ferry connecting Poole in Dorset and Studland was also halted.

And in the skies, passengers on a flight from Bordeaux to London Gatwick endured two aborted landings before their plane was put in a holding pattern over the south coast and then forced to return to the French city.

Dozens of flights were cancelled, with hundreds of delays across UK airports.

– Winds gust over 100mph

Gusts of up to 122mph have been recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, the Met Office said.

Waves crash against the sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse in Bridgend, Wales (Jacob King/PA)
Waves crash against the sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse in Bridgend, Wales (Jacob King/PA) / PA Wire

At Mumbles Head near Swansea, on the South Wales coast, gusts reached 87mph, while at North Wyke near Dartmoor in Devon they have hit 82mph.

During Storm Arwen in November 2021, wind speeds peaked at 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

– Closures

Schools in the worst-affected areas, such as south west England and South Wales, have shut for the day.

A number of attractions including the London Eye, Legoland and Warwick Castle were also temporarily closed.

A coastguard search and rescue team ask a group of swimmers to come out of the sea in New Brighton, Merseyside (PA)
A coastguard search and rescue team ask a group of swimmers to come out of the sea in New Brighton, Merseyside (PA) / PA Wire

Royal Mail said it was forced to suspend postal services and close delivery offices in some areas.

And communications giant Openreach said it had to cancel some customer appointments, with the storm expected to cause damage to its network and services.

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