An Atlantic storm hit England and Ireland on Friday with the winds of up at 100 miles per hour, prompting warnings from Britain weather office that storm Eunice might cause significant disturbance, tear off roofs and hammer London.
Eunice, who started in the central Atlantic and was spun up from the Azores to Europe by the jet stream, has extreme wind speeds which pose a danger to life, said the UK Met Office.
Storm hit west of England, making landfall in Cornwall, where waves lashed the coast, sending plumes of spray over the roofs of cottages, Reuters images showed.
The British Meteorological Service has published son first never “danger to live” weather warning for London and the army were placed on Eve as Storm Eunice made landfall on Friday.
“Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect the southern and central parts of Great Britain for few years,” said Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders.
“The Red warning area indicates an important danger to the life car extremely strong winds offer the potential for damage to structures and flying debris.”
Hundreds of homes were reported as having been left without power in Cornwall, South West England, Than Eunice hit during the night, bringing gusts of 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour.
The storm, which BBC Weather predicts could be one of the worst in the country in three decades, head east in direction from London.
He has caused the Met Office for issue son first Red weather warning for the capital – active between 10 a.m. (10 a.m. GMT) and 3 p.m. – from system has been presented in 2011.
The Met Office has warned of “Significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds,” adding that roofs could be blown off uprooted trees and power brought lines down.
Roads, bridges and railways have already summer hit causing delays and cancellations of bus, train and ferry services. another red warning has been already in place for rooms of Cornwall and South Wales.
“Please take precautions. Please stay safe”, Home Office minister Damian Hinds told Times Radio. “It is unusual to have a red weather warning. It’s very unusual to have two.”
Trains to the capital were already provide limited services during the morning rush hour, with speed limits in place.
National roads also issued a severe weather alert for strong winds covering the whole of the strategic road of the country network from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The agency said there was a “particularly high risk” for top of the line vehicles. Crossings of key rivers including the Severn Bridge in South West England and the QEII Bridge to the south of London were also firm.
The storm’s arrival forced Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, to postpone a trip to South Wales on Friday “in the interests of public safety,” his office noted.
ireland weather office also issued an alert for Eunice Storm, warning of “violent and destructive winds” and the possibility of Coastal flooding.
Another storm, Dudley, caused transportation disruption and power breakdowns when he hit Britain on Wednesday, although the damage was not widespread.
Great Britain government on Thursday held a meeting of son emergency committee “COBR” to discuss the response to the two storms. Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed sympathy for thousands of residents left without power in North of England by Dudley. Asked about further support before of the arrival of Eunice, he told reporters: “The army is on Be ready.”
Schools in the path of storm announced on Thursday they would shut for the day and residents were invited to remain inside. Heavy snow was also forecast in Scotland and northern England.
People are asked to postpone their trip plans as Storm Eunice wreaks havoc with transport networks across Great Britain.
Form operators across Britain urged passengers to avoid traveling on Friday as emergency 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) speed the limits are in place in many areas. It’s to do it easier for former drivers brake if they spot objects on track or damage to overhead wires caused by strong winds.
Great Western Railway has warned that it expects “considerably reduce” the number of long-distance dessert runstandis that the main line through South Wales and some branch lines in Devon and Cornwall will be closed.
Among companies advising customers against traveling on Friday includes Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Great Northern, London North Eastern Railway, Southern and Thameslink. the personnel of Network Rail worked to reopen the lines hit by Storm Dudley earlier this week.