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Storm Eunice hits UK and Ireland (VIDEOS) – RT World News


Storm Eunice made landfall in south-west England and southern Ireland on Friday morning, bringing some of the highest wind speeds reported to the region in decades. The storm developed in the central Atlantic and spread from the Azores to Europe via the jet stream, according to the British Meteorological Office.

The Met Office had issued a series of ‘red notice’ warnings as the storm approached, noting that the weather system posed a threat to life. Winds of 122 mph (196 km/h) were reported at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Meteorologists also warned that “strong gusts” could result in flying debris, endangering lives.

The weather system has already left thousands of people without power and forced businesses, as well as schools, to close. It has also led to widespread cancellations of bus and train services, in addition to flights and ferry crossings.

There are no trains running anywhere in Wales; this is the first time this has happened, according to the BBC.

Videos posted online appear to show pilots struggling to land at London’s Heathrow Airport, and the roof of the O2 Arena has suffered damage.

At first, storm warnings seemed wrong, as many southwesters woke up to perfect blue skies and light winds. However, as the morning wore on, the weather became more and more inclement.

There have since been numerous reports of minor damage, including fallen trees, walls and fences succumbing to the wind, and roofs being blown away.

Tidal warnings had been issued for the River Severn, which joins the Bristol Channel. However, the river did not overflow.

While much of the storm had moved past the West Country region of England by midday, amber warnings remain in place for Friday afternoon and evening.
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Eunice arrives just days after Storm Dudley hit the UK and Ireland.

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