LONDON – Tens of thousands of homes were without power on Saturday, a day after a severe storm hit parts of Britain and northern Europe, killing at least eight people, damaging buildings and causing damage. major travel disruption in the area.
storm, Named Eunice by the British weather service, prompting British authorities to issue a rare weather safety warning for London. On Saturday, train services scrambled to accommodate travelers stranded in the city because of the storm. Rain and more wind are expected over the weekend, hampering recovery efforts.
Fierce gusts of wind on Friday toppled trees and blew debris, killing at least three people in the UK and Ireland.
A woman in her 30s has died in London after a tree fell on the vehicle she was traveling in, Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. Merseyside Police say a man in his 50s was killed in Netherton, England when debris hit the windshield of the vehicle he was in. declare. And a man working for Wexford County Council in southeastern Ireland, who was helping clear debris from the storm, was crushed by a fallen tree and died. according to a statement from the board.
UK Weather Service, Met Office, said gusts of 122 miles per hour was recorded on Friday on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.
The so-called yellow weather warning for high winds remains in place until early Saturday evening for parts of the country. south of englandwith similar yellow warnings expected in effect at times through Monday.
“Winds will ease from Friday’s particularly high, but the wet and windy theme continues for many throughout the weekend,” said Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said in a statement on Friday.
In the south-east and east of England, more than 500,000 homes without power have finally been restored, UK Power Networks said in a statement. announced on saturdayadded that more than 60,000 homes remained without power as of 4 p.m. local time.
Farther north, Scottish and Southern electricity grids say they have restored power to more than 120,000 homes, with nearly 60,000 still without power on Saturday morning.
Travel continued to be disrupted on Saturday, with National Railways announced on its website of “major disruptions”, and Stansted Express closed its route to London Stansted Airport, northeast of the city, “until further notice” because of storm damage.
Two of London’s other airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, said on Saturday that operations were almost back to normal, according to BBC. On Friday, The plane at Heathrow airport wobbles precariously when the pilots tried to land them.
The storm caused similar chaos across other parts of Northern Europe.
More than 200 flights were canceled on Friday at regional airports, with the most canceled at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, according to FlightAwarea flight tracking website.
At least three people were killed by fallen trees in the Netherlands, according to a declare by the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Brigade. And in the north of the country, one person was killed after he drove his car into a fallen tree, according to The Associated Press.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/world/europe/storm-eunice-aftermath.html Typhoon Eunice killed at least 8