Sunday, 29 May, 2022

Storm Eunice: 3 killed as strong winds sweep across UK

Storm Eunice: 3 killed as strong winds sweep across UK

Three people have died in one of the worst storms to hit the UK in decades.

Fierce winds from Storm Eunice toppled trees and sent debris flying, causing the deaths of a woman in her 30s in London, a man in his 20s in Hampshire, and a man in his 50s in Merseyside.

Five people died elsewhere in Europe, while the storm closed schools, disrupted travel, tore off roofs and left tens of thousands without power.

A 122mph gust on the Isle of Wight set a provisional record in England.

Coastal areas of south-west England and south Wales, along with south-east England, had been on alert after rare red weather warnings were issued by the Met Office early on Friday, indicating a danger to life.

There are several less-serious yellow warnings in place across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England - because of concerns about wind, snow and ice.

Police in Highgate, north London, said they were called to reports of a tree falling on a car at 16:00 GMT. The woman, a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital.

The man killed in Merseyside was a passenger in a car heading towards Aintree at about 14:10 when debris reportedly hit the windscreen, police said.