A potentially life-threatening storm hit parts of Britain and northern Europe on Friday with damaging winds, widespread travel disruption, school closures and power outages. Weather officials said the storm, named Eunice, would be the worst to hit the area in 30 years.
Britain’s national weather agency, the Meteorological Office, has issued a rare red weather warning, meaning a threat to life, for southern England and parts of Wales until Friday afternoon. Belgium and the Netherlands also issued severe weather warnings.
A gust of 122 mph was recorded on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, which if confirmed would be the country’s highest ever, The Met Office said.
Richard Miles, a spokesman for the Met Office, said on Friday that the storm would be bigger than any storm since one in January 1990 that killed dozens in Britain.
Scores of school districts along the south and west coasts of England closed on fridayand attractions in and around London, including London Eye, was also forced to close because of dangerous winds. Plans for Prince Charles to visit Newport and Swansea, on the south coast of Wales, was also canceled on Friday in the interest of “public safety.”
More than 100,000 customers in the UK have lost power, according to PowerOutage.comaggregate data from utilities.
A red weather warning for wind was in place for Friday morning for some southeastern coastal areas of England and parts of Wales, from Friday morning to noon. Wind gusts in the area could reach 90 mph
The Met Office said the south-west of England would have a red weather warning for wind from mid-morning to afternoon. Winds around inland could reach 70 mph Areas along the English Channel could see winds reach 80 mph
The Met Office said a large area of the UK was under an amber warning, indicating a high risk of power outages and damage to buildings and trees. Wind conditions can also spread debris along beaches.
The northern edge of the storm expected to bring danger of snow parts of the UK, and some areas are subject to blizzard conditions.
In the Netherlands, rail service is temporarily suspended and Friday’s professional football matches have been postponed. In Belgium, some schools closed early because of the storm.
Mr Miles said that the storm is expected to clear later today, but conditions will remain windy through the weekend.
Claire Moses Reporting contributions from Amsterdam.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/world/europe/eunice-storm-damage.html Typhoon Eunice makes landfall in Northern Europe with dangerous high winds