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Storm Eunice hits Britain in strong winds

Storm Eunice struck Britain in a record wind yesterday, disrupting flights, trains and ferries across Western Europe, forcing millions of people to evacuate.
London was eerily empty after the British capital was placed under the first “red” weather warning. This means that there is a “danger to life”.
Similar rare levels of alertness were taken in southern England, South Wales, and the Netherlands, many schools were closed, and rising waves struck coastal seawalls, paralyzing rail travel.
According to a utility company, Eunice powered more than 140,000 homes in England, primarily in the southwest, and 80,000 real estate in Ireland.
Police said a man in his 60s was killed by a tree in the Barry Somas region of southeastern Ireland.
Around London, three people were hospitalized after being injured in a storm, and most of the roof of the capital’s Millennium Dome was shredded by strong winds.
According to the Met Office, a gust of 196 km per hour was measured on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England. This is “provisionally the highest gust recorded in England”.
Scientists said the Atlantic storm tail could stuff the “Sting Jet.” This is a rare meteorological phenomenon that caused havoc in Britain and northern France during the 1987 Great Storm.
Eunice brought high waves to the coast of Brittany in northwestern France, and Belgium, Denmark and Sweden all issued weather warnings.
Ferries across the strait, the world’s busiest route, were suspended before the port of Dover in England reopened late in the afternoon.
Hundreds of flights have been canceled or delayed at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
One easyJet flight from Bordeaux endured two cancellations of landing at Gatwick Airport before being forced to return to the French city.
“We should all follow the advice and take precautions to ensure safety,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had the British on standby.
The official Roy Stokes of the Environment Agency warned weather observers and amateur photographers about heading to Britain’s South Coastline for dramatic footage, calling it “probably the stupidest thing you can do.” I called it.
London’s rush hour streets, where activity is slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels, have been virtually abandoned as many have paid attention to government advice to stay home.
Trains to the capital were already in limited operation during the morning commute with speed limits, before the seven British railroad operators stopped all operations.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/710143/Storm-Eunice-batters-UK-with-high-winds Storm Eunice hits Britain in strong winds

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