Storm Eunice – what we know so far

Winds of more than 90mph have already been recorded.

18 February 2022

Storm Eunice has brought mighty winds and major disruption to much of the UK.

These are the major developments so far:

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A fallen branch on a car in a car park in Lyme Regis, west Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

– Stay-at-home warnings

Across the UK, but particularly in the worst-affected areas, people have been asked to stay at home.

The Environment Agency also urged weather watchers and amateur photographers to resist the temptation to try and capture dramatic footage of Storm Eunice’s impact.

Emergency services and the Met Office warned people to stay at home.

Boris Johnson said: “We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe.”

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A fallen tree on Egloshaye Road in Wadebridge, north Cornwall (Wadebridge Community Fire Station/PA)

– Power outages

Tens of thousands of homes have had their power cut off.

Western Power Distribution said that, as of 11am, more than 62,000 of these were in the south west of England, where Storm Eunice first hit.

There were an additional 9,000 homes without power in Wales, 6,000 in the south of Ireland, 5,000 in the Surrey area, and 4,000 in the Midlands.

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People look out towards the sea as waves crash against the Cobb in Lyme Regis, west Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

– Travel disruption

Road, river and rail have all been affected.

Several bridges were closed, including both Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48, and the Britannia Bridge, which connects the island of Anglesey with mainland Wales.

Major roads including the A66 cross-Pennine route and the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow were partially closed before reopening later.

Train operators across Britain have urged passengers to avoid travelling on Friday as emergency 50mph speed limits are in place in many areas, with no trains operating in Wales for the entire day.

On the water, P&O Ferries suspended all sailings between Dover and Calais, while the Sandbanks ferry connecting Poole in Dorset and Studland was also halted.

And in the skies, passengers on a flight from Bordeaux to London Gatwick endured two aborted landings before their plane was put in a holding pattern over the south coast and then forced to return to the French city.

Dozens of flights were cancelled, with hundreds of delays across UK airports.

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Waves crash against the sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse in Bridgend, Wales (Jacob King/PA)

– Winds gust over 100mph

Gusts of up to 122mph have been recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, the Met Office said.

At Mumbles Head near Swansea, on the south Wales coast, gusts reached 87mph, while at North Wyke near Dartmoor in Devon they have hit 82mph.

During Storm Arwen in November 2021, wind speeds peaked at 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

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A sign at London’s Paddington station shows cancelled trains after Storm Eunice hit the south coast (Pete Clifton/PA)

– Closures

Schools in the worst-affected areas, such as south west England and south Wales, have shut for the day.

A number of attractions including the London Eye, Legoland and Warwick Castle were also temporarily closed.

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