Storm Eunice claims first two victims: Driver in Hampshire becomes second to die after his car is crushed by tree as 122MPH tempest rips apart The O2 and topples church spires as it leaves trail of destruction in its wake

 More than 165,000 Britons were left without power this afternoon after England was hit by the strongest winds on record which saw the roof of The O2 ripped apart, lorries blown over and trees felled amid travel chaos.

The top speed of 122mph at Needles on the Isle of Wight today is provisionally the highest gust ever in England and means Storm Eunice is now worse than the 1987 Great Storm when gusts peaked at 115mph in West Sussex.Millions of Britons were urged to stay at home today, and the storm claimed its first victim when a man in his early 60s was killed by a falling tree in County Wexford in the Republic of Ireland while out working to clear trees.

A second person, a motorist, is believed to have been killed when a large tree fell and crushed a vehicle in the market town of Alton, Hampshire, this afternoon.

Today's red warnings ended at 12pm in the South West and 3pm in the South East, but forecasters continue to be concerned over 'flying debris resulting in danger to life' as well as 'roofs blown off and power lines brought down'. An amber warning for gusts up to 80mph covers the whole of England until 9pm tonight having started at 5am.

Hundreds of schools were closed, all trains in Wales were suspended and rail passengers across England were told not to travel amid mass cancellations as the Army was on standby and the Government held a Cobra meeting. In addition, UK Power Networks said a total of around 168,000 customers across Britain were without power today.

Large parts of the white covering on The O2 in London's Greenwich could be seen flapping in the strong winds today. Witness Mala Sharma said 'more and more parts are getting ripped off', adding 'it's going to be a safety issue for people around'. Ms Sharma said it happened 'right in front of my eyes' and that the damage 'started off with a patch' but then a 'chunk' of the roof on the building, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, ripped off. 

Around 1,000 people were evacuated. London Fire Brigade Station Commander Chris Kamara said: 'Firefighters cordoned off the area to ensure no one was injured by any further falling debris. There has been no actual collapse or structural damage to the building, but due to the nature of the canvas material which covers The O2, it has come loose in high winds and looks quite dramatic. Crews have made the scene safe and The O2 is now closed.'

An O2 spokesman said: 'There has been some damage caused to the tent fabric in our roof at The O2. The affected areas have been cleared and The O2 will remain closed for the rest of the day. The safety of our visitors remains of paramount importance, and we will continue to assess the ongoing situation and act accordingly.'

London Fire Brigade declared a major incident - saying it was prioritising calls where there was a risk to life, after taking 550 calls between 10.30am and 1pm which was more than the average normally taken in a 24-hour period. 

Two lorries were blown over on the M4 in South Wales and the storm took down a huge tree in Bude, Cornwall, which fell onto a park. In Wells, Somerset, the tip of a church spire crashed down the side of St Thomas Church.

British Airways cancelled more than 130 flights at London Heathrow and City airports, motorists were warned only to make essential journeys and major attractions closed including the London Eye, Kew Gardens and Legoland. 

Aviation analytics firm Cirium said at least 436 flights to, from or within the UK were cancelled today. The highest proportion was at Heathrow, where 20 per cent of flights were cancelled - followed by London City (16 per cent).  Passengers also reported long waits at Heathrow for the winds to die down so bag hatches could be opened.

Network Rail said all of London's main train stations will likely temporarily suspend all services for a few hours this afternoon, with Waterloo having already stopped all services due to the large number of trees on the tracks. 

Rail operators including c2c in Essex and Southeastern in Kent cancelled all services, the M4 and M48 Severn crossings were both closed and Royal Mail suspended deliveries and closed delivery offices in all red areas. 

The M2 Medway Bridge in Kent was closed in both directions between Rochester and Maidstone due to strong winds, and the M40 near Northampton was closed between junctions 10 and 11 due to an overturned lorry.

Meanwhile more than 200,000 people tuned in to a YouTube channel livestreaming aircraft attempting to land at London Heathrow Airport. Big Jet TV captured the moment many of the jets made multiple attempts to land. One plane from Chicago had three tries before going to Geneva. And a British Airways service from Edinburgh to Heathrow got all the way to London before turning back and returning to Scotland. Also today a TAP Air Portugal flight from Athens was filmed making contact with the runway before the pilot lost his nerve and taking off again. 

Passengers on easyJet flight EJU8014 from Bordeaux to London Gatwick endured two aborted landings before the plane was put in a holding pattern over the south coast and then forced to return to the French city. At Gatwick there were 15 cancellations and 67 delayed flights. British Airways, which said it was suffering from 'significant disruption, said the rate of aircraft permitted to land at Heathrow was 'being reduced due to gale force winds'.

Some 50,000 homes in the South West were without power, while parks across London were closed and taped off - and police were seen ordering a dog walker to leave Primrose Hill in the capital immediately. The man involved, film producer David Broder, 57, told MailOnline: 'I saw two police vehicles and then was approached by a police officer who came running towards me shouting, 'Get out the park now', which I thought, 'he's a bit over excited'. 

'The police officer then informed me that the park is now closed and I have to leave. I thought I'll get into the park, obviously 10am is the time (the red warning begins), my dog walker's cancelled today, so I thought I'll just do a quick half an hour as I do most days anyway.' When asked whether he saw anyone else being told to leave, he said: 'Yes. This was ridiculous, as I just wanted to take my dog out for half an hour or so before the storm sets in.'

Gusts of up to 77mph were recorded at Langdon Bay near Dover in Kent, while Heathrow Airport on the outskirts of West London has seen wind speeds reach 70mph and at Tibenham Airfield near Norwich they have hit 67mph. 

All outpatient appointments were cancelled at Royal Cornwall Hospital today 'to keep people safe'. In addition, Universities, National Trust sites and other tourist venues including Kensington Palace also shut today, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: 'Please stay at home, do not take risks and do not travel unless absolutely essential.' 

Transport for London part-suspended train services on five Underground lines, the Docklands Light Railway and Overground. It urged people to avoid non-essential travel, while the Environment Agency told Britons to avoid travelling to the coast for dramatic photographs - saying it was 'probably the most stupid thing you can do'. 

The Government's Cobra civil contingencies committee will meet this afternoon to discuss the response to the storm for the second time in two days, with the meeting again chaired by Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis. 

Network Rail urged customers to avoid travelling, with many services either cancelled or delayed, and trains running at 50mph due to the increased risk of having to brake for debris on the track. Major roads including the A66 cross-Pennine route and the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow were partially closed due to high winds.

National Rail said seven train operators have now suspended all services today - those being c2c, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, Southeastern and Transport for Wales. 

The Met Office issued the first red warning for the South West at 11am yesterday, 20 hours in advance, before issuing the second for the South East at 4am today - just six hours before the 'extremely strong winds' began.

The South West warning covers coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset as well as South Wales due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge - while the second is over most of South East England.

One dramatic video showed pilots battling to land in extreme crosswinds at Birmingham Airport this morning, with a Vueling plane from Paris violently rocking from side to side as it approached the runway in 60mph winds.  

The Met Office had warned that the phenomenon known as a 'sting jet' - a small area of highly intense wind inside a storm - could form, similar to the 1987 Great Storm. However forecasters later said this would not be the case. 

Forecasters today urged Britons to work from home in the worst affected areas – with the centre of the storm expected to be up the Bristol Channel and around the narrowing of the River Severn in Gloucestershire.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted today: 'The Met Office has issued a red weather warning for much of the UK. We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe. I thank responders for all their efforts.'

Meanwhile in a string of weather-related developments:

  • Most schools across the worst hit regions in the South West and Wales announced they will shut today;
  • Major UK attractions including Windsor Castle, London Zoo and Chessington World of Adventures closed;
  • Windsor Great Park, Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks in London all said they would shut to the public;
  • Network Rail warned disruption was 'inevitable' with airports advising people to check flights with airlines;
  • People were urged not to take dangerous 'storm selfies' with huge waves expected along the south coast;
  • The Environment Agency issued 10 severe flood warnings, 31 normal flood warnings and 102 flood alerts;
  • In some areas, refuse collections were cancelled and residents warned to 'tie down' bins in the back garden;
  • Pet owners were warned to take extra precautions to keep their animals safe during the storm.

The O2, which was previously known as the Millennium Dome, in London was damaged by Storm Eunice this morning

The O2 in Greenwich, South East London, had a series of roof panels ripped off by Storm Eunice this morning

The O2 in Greenwich, South East London, had a series of roof panels ripped off by Storm Eunice this morningDamage to the roof of the O2 Arena - known as the Millennium Dome when it opened in 2000 - in South East London today

Damage to the roof of the O2 Arena - known as the Millennium Dome when it opened in 2000 - in South East London today

Astonishing footage from Croydon shows pedestrians being knocked to their feet and propelled across the tarmac by the powerful gusts
Astonishing footage from Croydon shows pedestrians being knocked to their feet and propelled across the tarmac by the powerful gusts
Astonishing footage from Croydon shows pedestrians being knocked to their feet and propelled across the tarmac by the powerful gusts

Astonishing footage from Croydon shows pedestrians being knocked to their feet and propelled across the tarmac by the powerful gusts

People walk at the sea front during Storm Eunice in Brighton, East Sussex, this afternoon

People walk at the sea front during Storm Eunice in Brighton, East Sussex, this afternoon

A woman is blown over in high winds on Euston Road in London today
A woman is blown over in high winds on Euston Road in London today

A woman is blown over in high winds on Euston Road in London this afternoon as a passer-by helps her to get up

Two people hold hands as they struggle to stay on their feet on Euston Road in LStorm Eunice hits London's Euston road today

Two people hold hands as they struggle to stay on their feet on Euston Road in LStorm Eunice hits London's Euston road today

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in East Sussex this morning as Storm Eunice hits Britain

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in East Sussex this morning as Storm Eunice hits Britain

Waves hit Porthleven on the Cornish coast this morning as Storm Eunice makes landfall in the South West

Waves hit Porthleven on the Cornish coast this morning as Storm Eunice makes landfall in the South West

Two large trees come down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, today

Two large trees come down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, today

Waves crash against the harbour wall at Porthcawl in South Wales this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Waves crash against the harbour wall at Porthcawl in South Wales this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into BritainHuge waves strike the seafront at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, this morning, which is in the red warning area

Huge waves strike the seafront at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, this morning, which is in the red warning area

A jacknifed lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A90 south of Forfar in Angus, Scotland, this morning

A jacknifed lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A90 south of Forfar in Angus, Scotland, this morning

Wells church spire
Wells church spire
Wells church spire

The tip of a church spire crashes down at St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset, today amid the very strong winds

This British Airways jet from Edinburgh to London ended up going all the way back to Scotland after failing to land today

This British Airways jet from Edinburgh to London ended up going all the way back to Scotland after failing to land todayThere was a near-drowning for a woman at Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall, last night as huge waves hit the area

There was a near-drowning for a woman at Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall, last night as huge waves hit the area 

People should 'take precautions' during Storm Eunice, the Government has said, adding that the Army is on 'high readiness standby' to help.

Home Office minister Damian Hinds told Sky News: 'We are strongly encouraging people to take precautions and make sure they stay safe.'

Where are the Met Office warnings in Britain today?

RED WARNINGS (x2)

  • WIND - South West England and South Wales - 7am today until 12pm today
  • WIND - South East England - 10am today until 3pm today

AMBER WARNING (x1)

  • WIND - All of England and Wales except northern England - 5am today until 9pm today

YELLOW WARNINGS (x3)

  • WIND - Northern England and Northern Ireland - 7am today until 6pm today
  • SNOW - Scotland and Northern Ireland - 3am today until 6pm today
  • WIND - Southern England - 6am tomorrow until 6pm tomorrow
Met Office warning today

 Met Office warnings for today (left) and tomorrow (right)

He added: 'Over the longer term a lot of learning has been done from Storm Arwen, particularly on dealing with welfare issues, staying in touch with people, staying in touch with customers for the (power) networks.

'But in the immediate term there are troops on high readiness standby, the Environment Agency on the ground, the networks themselves have to be very much active, and they are.

'Weather is unpredictable and it is really important that we all continue... to take those precautions and try to keep everyone safe.'

Asked if people could get 'cut off' by the storm, Mr Hinds said that was 'absolutely a risk', and the red weather warning indicated a 'risk to life and limb'.

Mr Hinds also told Times Radio: 'Please take precautions, please stay safe. The weather is by nature unpredictable. We have only just had Storm Dudley and now Storm Eunice. It is unusual to have a red weather warning. It is very unusual to have two. I just encourage people to take the precautions they can.' 

Meanwhile Transport for London (TfL) urged people to avoid non-essential travel in the capital.

A spokesman said: 'Due to the Met Office's red warning over Storm Eunice, customers are advised to only travel if essential, and those who need to should check before they travel using our website and the TfL Go app.

'We are doing all we can to ensure we are prepared for any impact with extra staff ready to respond quickly to any incidents, but some services will be affected by the extreme weather. We are also urging Londoners to please take care if they travel around the city.'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan echoed TfL's advice to avoid non-essential travel in the capital. He said: 'I urge all Londoners to stay at home, do not take risks, and do not travel unless it is absolutely essential.

'City Hall is in close contact with key agencies across the capital and our city is as prepared as possible for any potential impacts of Storm Eunice. However, it is vital that Londoners listen to the official advice today and stay at home until the storm has passed.'

In Hampshire, police are at the scene following the death of a driver in Alton.

A white sheet this afternoon covered what is believed to be the battered vehicle, which was struck by the tree. Branches littered the ground around where the tree - thought to be at least 10ft tall - fell into the road, and a fire engine, two police cars and a JCB digger remained at the scene.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary today said: 'We are responding to a serious single-vehicle collision on Old Odiham Road, Alton, which happened just before midday today (Feb 18). 

'The road is closed while emergency services attend. 'If you have to travel, please seek an alternate route while we attend the incident.' 

Timothy Brant-Coles, who owns a self storage and removal business in Alton and was today working to remove trees from roads in the area, said he was 'on his way' to the incident earlier this afternoon which he heard was 'fatal'.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) confirmed two people had been injured in separate incidents. A man was taken to hospital after being injured by falling debris in Waterloo, south London, at around midday. LAS said he was 'treated at the scene and taken to a hospital as a priority'.

Another man was taken to hospital with a head injury after being struck by a tree in Streatham, south London. The incident happened shortly before 11am. 

London Ambulance Service (LAS) said it was 'responding to a high volume of calls', and asked people to only call in the event of a serious medical emergency.

A spokesman said: 'Please take care: stay at home and indoors as much as possible and do not drive unless your journey is absolutely necessary. We have taken calls about fallen trees - please do not call 999 about fallen trees/debris unless there are injuries or an immediate risk to life. 

Forecasters had warned the strength of the winds over Britain could be worsened by a rare weather feature called a 'sting jet'

Forecasters had warned the strength of the winds over Britain could be worsened by a rare weather feature called a 'sting jet'

The roof over this row of houses in Newport, South Wales, was badly damaged by the ferocious winds today

The roof over this row of houses in Newport, South Wales, was badly damaged by the ferocious winds todayA large mature tree has been blown over by the Etrop Grange Hotel blocking the road near Manchester Airport today

A large mature tree has been blown over by the Etrop Grange Hotel blocking the road near Manchester Airport today

A woman was blown over on a road in Newquay, Cornwall, by severe winds today and clung to a rail until help arrived

A woman was blown over on a road in Newquay, Cornwall, by severe winds today and clung to a rail until help arrived

Flight FR2333 from Krakow lands in strong winds at Leeds Bradford Airport in West Yorkshire this afternoon

Flight FR2333 from Krakow lands in strong winds at Leeds Bradford Airport in West Yorkshire this afternoonThe de Havilland Venom plane which has been blown down in Wantage, Oxfordshire, as Storm Eunice hits the South today

The de Havilland Venom plane which has been blown down in Wantage, Oxfordshire, as Storm Eunice hits the South today

A surfer rides a wave in St Ives, Cornwall, despite pleas from the authorities for people to avoid going into the water

A surfer rides a wave in St Ives, Cornwall, despite pleas from the authorities for people to avoid going into the water

Two large trees come down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, this afternoon

Two large trees come down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, this afternoonBeach huts were destroyed in Brighton this afternoon as the stormy weather hit the south coast

Beach huts were destroyed in Brighton this afternoon as the stormy weather hit the south coast

The roof of a building which has blown onto the tracks at Banbury, Oxfordshire, during Storm Eunice today

The roof of a building which has blown onto the tracks at Banbury, Oxfordshire, during Storm Eunice today

A garage wall fell down on to a Mini Cooper in the Northway area of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire today

A garage wall fell down on to a Mini Cooper in the Northway area of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire today

Strong winds blew a lorry onto its side on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater in Somerset today

Strong winds blew a lorry onto its side on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater in Somerset today

People watch as storm waves break against Brighton Palace Pier on the East Sussex coast this afternoon

People watch as storm waves break against Brighton Palace Pier on the East Sussex coast this afternoon

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, this afternoon

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, this afternoon

A fallen tree outside the Royal Festival on the South Bank in London due to Storm Eunice this afternoon

A fallen tree outside the Royal Festival on the South Bank in London due to Storm Eunice this afternoon

A catamaran dinghy, overturned by the wind, is pictured at a sailing club on the seafront in Brighton this afternoon

A catamaran dinghy, overturned by the wind, is pictured at a sailing club on the seafront in Brighton this afternoon

People watch as storm waves break against Brighton Palace Pier on the East Sussex coast this afternoon

People watch as storm waves break against Brighton Palace Pier on the East Sussex coast this afternoon

Two lorries were blown over by very strong winds from Storm Eunice on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent today

Two lorries were blown over by very strong winds from Storm Eunice on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent today

A flat roof from a block of flats has blown off and landed on a house further down the road in Bitterne, Southampton, today

A flat roof from a block of flats has blown off and landed on a house further down the road in Bitterne, Southampton, today

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, today as Storm Eunice moves in

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, today as Storm Eunice moves in

Damaged fence panels are seen lying on the ground in Twickenham in South West London this afternoon

Damaged fence panels are seen lying on the ground in Twickenham in South West London this afternoon

Damage to a car caused by falling bricks from a tower block in Hayes, West London, during Storm Eunice today

Damage to a car caused by falling bricks from a tower block in Hayes, West London, during Storm Eunice todayA roof blown off garages in Basingstoke, Hampshire as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this afternoon

A roof blown off garages in Basingstoke, Hampshire as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this afternoon

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, today as Storm Eunice moves in

High winds together with a high spring tide cause flooding in Bosham, West Sussex, today as Storm Eunice moves inA car is crushed by a falling oak branch at Mockbegger in the New Forest in Hampshire this afternoon

A car is crushed by a falling oak branch at Mockbegger in the New Forest in Hampshire this afternoon

A tree blown onto overhead railway cables on the Thameslink line between Radlett and St Albans in Hertfordshire today

A tree blown onto overhead railway cables on the Thameslink line between Radlett and St Albans in Hertfordshire todayFallen trees being cleared off the road in Bournemouth, Dorset, today as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

Fallen trees being cleared off the road in Bournemouth, Dorset, today as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A car crushed by a falling tree at the Camp Hill estate near Newport on the Isle of Wight today

A car crushed by a falling tree at the Camp Hill estate near Newport on the Isle of Wight today'Fallen trees or large branches on the road or pavement can be reported to the council.'

The Coastguard also urged people to stay at home. In a Twitter post, it said: 'Storm Eunice is forecast to be at its most dangerous this morning, especially in the South West, with a danger to life in some areas. Please stay home if you can and avoid exposed coastal areas.' 

A tower at a power station in Kent appears to have collapsed after being damaged during Storm Eunice.

Uniper UK, which owns Grain Power Station near Rochester, tweeted: 'A weather-related incident has occurred at Grain power station, during storm Eunice.

'We can confirm that there are no casualties and there is no risk to the local community. However, it has caused some damage on site and the power station has been temporarily taken offline as a precaution.'

Locals have said they are 'devastated' after a large tree collapsed in the town of Bude, Cornwall, as a result of strong winds.

Video shared to social media shows the tree's roots being ripped from the earth, crumbling a nearby wall as it fell to the ground in the Triangle - a park in the centre of the town. Tom Cox, a 25-year-old who has lived in the town his whole life, told the PA news agency that the tree had been a 'big part of Bude'.

'Everyone is devastated,' he added, saying the town's fountain had also been damaged, along with a wall and bench.

A flight lands in high winds at Bristol Airport this morning as millions of people were told to stay at home

A flight lands in high winds at Bristol Airport this morning as millions of people were told to stay at home

Motorists drive through the sleet and snow along the M8 motorway near Bathgate in West Lothian this morning

Motorists drive through the sleet and snow along the M8 motorway near Bathgate in West Lothian this morningA commuter struggles with her umbrella as she crosses London Bridge during wet and windy weather this morning

A commuter struggles with her umbrella as she crosses London Bridge during wet and windy weather this morning

A lorry has toppled over while travelling westbound on the M4 motorway between Pyle and Margam in Wales this morning

A lorry has toppled over while travelling westbound on the M4 motorway between Pyle and Margam in Wales this morningHuge waves caused by Storm Eunice break over Aberystwyth promenade in Wales this morning

Huge waves caused by Storm Eunice break over Aberystwyth promenade in Wales this morning

Storm Eunice brings snow to North East Scotland today where a lorry was stuck on the A944 between Kingswells and Westhill

Storm Eunice brings snow to North East Scotland today where a lorry was stuck on the A944 between Kingswells and Westhill

An early morning DFDS ferry arriving from Calais into Dover battles with the rough seas in the English Channel this morning

An early morning DFDS ferry arriving from Calais into Dover battles with the rough seas in the English Channel this morning

A man heads towards the sea at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, today where winds hit over 60mph this morning

A man heads towards the sea at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, today where winds hit over 60mph this morning

Large waves strike the coast of North Devon at Ilfracombe this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Large waves strike the coast of North Devon at Ilfracombe this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Bude-Stratton Town Council has urged locals to stay inside and away from the fallen tree, adding in a Facebook post: 'As soon as it is safe to do so our team will work on making the area safer and start to work on the damage caused.'

Winds on Saturday could hamper clear-up efforts 

A wind warning for tomorrow

A wind warning for tomorrow 

More windy weather on Saturday could hamper clear-up efforts in the aftermath of Storm Eunice, the Met Office has said.

While gusts are not forecast to be as strong as Friday's, their timing after what is expected to be a major storm might cause issues, the forecaster warned.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for 6am on Saturday until 6pm, affecting the south and south west coast of England, Herefordshire and much of Wales.

Wind speeds are expected to get up to 60mph through the Bristol Channel and along the south coast of England, and around 50mph inland.

The Met Office said: 'The winds themselves could cause minor disruption; but given the expected impact from Storm Eunice on Friday, these conditions on Saturday may hamper any clear-up operations.'

Disruption to travel could continue early on Saturday, as efforts are made to get services back to normal.

Flight cancellations on Friday will mean many planes will be in the wrong place so delays could continue.

The Rail Delivery Group urged people to check before travelling over the weekend 'as disruption will continue into tomorrow'. It said Network Rail has deployed extra engineers to check affected lines for damage before getting services back up and running 'as quickly as possible'. 

Rail operator CrossCountry warned there could be a late start to services on Saturday morning as tracks are checked for obstructions in the wake of the storm. They advised customers to check before travelling

More than 50,000 homes across Devon and Cornwall were without power as Storm Eunice continued to batter the South West. 

Dozens of roads were blocked by fallen trees and several buildings, including a lifeboat station , had their roofs ripped off. 

The RNLI said the roof from its Sennen station in west Cornwall had come off. Police sealed off the lifeboat station after live power cables were found to still be attached with the risk of electrocution. 

Members of the public were warned to stay away until the building had been made safe by power engineers. 

In the town of Bude, part of the roof was ripped off from the town's leisure centre. At St Ives coast watch station a wind speed of 79.9mph was recorded.

Five hours after Storm Eunice hit the South West, the main roads in and out of the area were open but with hugely reduced traffic as most people heeded warnings to stay home until the 80mph winds had subsided. 

Speaking at the emergency centre set up in County Hall in Truro, councillor Martin Alvey said things had been 'relatively quiet'.

He said: 'We have got past the first concern which was the high spring tide along our north coast

'Those communities that we were anticipating may be badly impacted seemed to have got away fairly lightly although certainly there may have been some minor incidents still to come into us.'

He added: 'Our main concern now is trees down, power outages, debris being blown and of course trying to encourage people to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

'What we don't want is people out on the roads where they maybe hit by flying debris or indeed pedestrians so unless you've absolutely got to go out to do essential work then we are still asking people to stay at home.'

Many roads in rural communities were blocked by fallen trees. In the village of Wadebridge the fire brigade tweeted a photo of a tree blocking an entire road with its branches resting on a car.

A spokesman for the Severn crossings said: 'For what we believe is the first time, due to wind speeds both the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and M48 Severn Bridge are closed to all traffic. 

'Traffic management teams are heading to site to initiate the closure of the M4. Please do not travel to the location.'

Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted that the A38 in Liskeard has been closed in both directions while emergency services respond to an incident where a tree has fallen on to a lorry and power lines have been damaged. 

People walk at the sea front during Storm Eunice in Brighton, East Sussex, this afternoon

People walk at the sea front during Storm Eunice in Brighton, East Sussex, this afternoon

Roofers have trouble staying on top of a building as the high winds from Storm Eunice hit Annan in Scotland this morning

Roofers have trouble staying on top of a building as the high winds from Storm Eunice hit Annan in Scotland this morning

Waves hits Porthleven on the Cornish coast as Storm Eunice makes landfall this morning

Waves hits Porthleven on the Cornish coast as Storm Eunice makes landfall this morning

Waves crash against the sea wall at Porthcawl in South Wales today as Storm Eunice strikes Britain

Waves crash against the sea wall at Porthcawl in South Wales today as Storm Eunice strikes Britain

A young person covers herself as large waves and strong winds hit during Storm Eunice at Porthleven in Cornwall today

A young person covers herself as large waves and strong winds hit during Storm Eunice at Porthleven in Cornwall today

Strong winds blew a tree into the front of a bus in Biggin Hill in South East London today with no known injuries

Strong winds blew a tree into the front of a bus in Biggin Hill in South East London today with no known injuries

Met Office risk-to-life red warning as Storm Eunice 'packs a punch'
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Emergency services attend the scene where two lorries toppled over while travelling westbound on the M4 in Wales today

Emergency services attend the scene where two lorries toppled over while travelling westbound on the M4 in Wales today

A woman walks through the strong winds at St Ives in Cornwall today as Storm Eunice arrives on the South West coast

A woman walks through the strong winds at St Ives in Cornwall today as Storm Eunice arrives on the South West coast

A tree falls onto a Range Rover in the Southwick area of West Sussex today as Storm Eunice sweeps in

A tree falls onto a Range Rover in the Southwick area of West Sussex today as Storm Eunice sweeps in 

Tree surgeons make safe a large tree which came down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, today

Tree surgeons make safe a large tree which came down in high winds at Spencer Park in Battersea, South West London, today 

Storm Eunice hits Brighton this lunchtime as people on the seafront hung onto railings and lampposts

Storm Eunice hits Brighton this lunchtime as people on the seafront hung onto railings and lampposts

A fallen tree blocks a road in Tenby, West Wales, today as Storm Eunice bears down on Britain

A fallen tree blocks a road in Tenby, West Wales, today as Storm Eunice bears down on Britain

A lorry after it was blown off the road on the B4011 between Thame and Long Crendon in Oxfordshire this morning

A lorry after it was blown off the road on the B4011 between Thame and Long Crendon in Oxfordshire this morning

The road is expected to be closed for at least a couple of hours. Drivers are urged to use alternative routes.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they had 'received over four times the amount of calls we would usually take', as Storm Eunice battered the south-west of England.

Big Jet TV: Thousands tune in to watch flights landing at Heathrow 

As Storm Eunice batters the UK, more than 200,000 people have tuned in to a YouTube channel livestreaming aircraft battling with high winds as they attempt to land at London's Heathrow Airport.

The storm has caused travel disruption across the country, with some flights diverting to other airports, while British Airways said it is suffering from 'significant disruption', with dozens of flights cancelled.

A plane comes into land at Heathrow in strong winds today

A plane comes into land at Heathrow in strong winds today

Big Jet TV, which regularly films livestreams from Heathrow, has captured several 'go-arounds', in which an aircraft trying to land on the runway aborts its attempt, instead flying back around the airport for another attempt.

Jerry Dyer, who runs the channel, told BBC Radio 2: 'This is the best scenario you could possibly imagine - big kudos to the pilots and the crews working at the airports, this is the most exciting stuff you could possibly get.

A plane comes into land at Heathrow in strong winds today

A plane comes into land at Heathrow in strong winds today

'Right now, these conditions with 70mph gusting winds, it's pretty intense.

'And what is great is you get to see the skill of the pilot and how they manage to handle it.'

Gusts of more than 50mph have been forecast at Heathrow, according to the Met Office.

 

In a Twitter post, it said: 'Most of the calls are regarding road disruption, fallen trees & power cables, flying debris & collapsed roofs. Keep safe and bear with us.'

Thames Valley Police said a member of the public sustained serious injuries when they were struck by 'falling debris' in Henley-on-Thames.

The force tweeted: 'A member of the public have been struck by falling debris from a roof in Station Road, Henley-on-Thames caused by £StormEunice.

'They have been taken to hospital with serious injuries by our colleagues from @SCAS999.'

Away from coasts and exposed areas, gusts of up to 70mph have been recorded in the village of Middle Wallop near Andover in Hampshire, the Met Office said.

Boscombe Down near Amesbury in Wiltshire has seen wind speeds reach 69mph, while at Little Rissington near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire they have hit 68mph.

South Wales Police said they had received reports of an overturned lorry on the M4 near Margam.

An inflatable sports dome in Cardiff has been destroyed by Storm Eunice. Footage posted on social media showed the air dome at the Cardiff International Sports Campus in the Leckwith area of the city collapsed and flapping in the wind.

The air dome, which was opened in 2017, is similar to those in use at Chelsea and Ajax football clubs.

Cardiff City House of Sport, which is affiliated to Cardiff City FC, said: 'Unfortunately due to damage sustained by Storm Eunice, the air dome at the Cardiff International Sports Campus is completely out of action for the foreseeable future.

'All bookings were cancelled today, and nobody was in the vicinity of the dome when the damage occurred. We will update everyone as we find out news on the repair progress.'

In Porthcawl on the South Wales coast, a stretch of John Street is closed as roof tiles are being blown into the road near to the Porthcawl Hotel.

In the popular Dorset tourist hotspot of Poole, Sandbanks Road and Shore Road are closed due to flooding. The Sandbanks ferry between Poole and Studland has also been cancelled.

Dorset Police said the force was receiving reports of trees and power cables down across the county, as well as flying debris.

Key roads affected include Matchams Lane, Wessex Way, the A35 at Bridport, the A352 near Whitcombe and the A37.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were currently at Sennon Cove, near Penzance, where the roof of the lifeboat station has come off and is resting on power cables.

'Due to safety reasons, please do not attend the area whilst Western Power work with us to make the area safe,' a force spokesman added.

In Wiltshire, fallen trees have caused one lane of the M4 to be closed between junctions 15 and 16 westbound.

The A303 is blocked near Grately due to a fallen tree, and a car and a lorry have been damaged by a tree in Bath Road, Atworth, Melksham. 

Residents of Torkilsden Way in Harlow, Essex, were startled by a loud bang as the strong winds ripped off part of the roof

Residents of Torkilsden Way in Harlow, Essex, were startled by a loud bang as the strong winds ripped off part of the roof

A snow plough receives assistance after coming off the road in Balfron, Scotland, this morning during Storm Eunice

A snow plough receives assistance after coming off the road in Balfron, Scotland, this morning during Storm Eunice

A roof has been ripped off a block of flats in Exeter as Storm Eunice rages on across the South West

A roof has been ripped off a block of flats in Exeter as Storm Eunice rages on across the South West

Police clear a road in the village of Tangmere near Chichester, West Sussex, after a tree came down across it this morning

Police clear a road in the village of Tangmere near Chichester, West Sussex, after a tree came down across it this morning

A coastguard search and rescue team ask a group of swimmers to come out of the sea in New Brighton, Merseyside, today

A coastguard search and rescue team ask a group of swimmers to come out of the sea in New Brighton, Merseyside, today

People wach the waves at Aberystwyth in Wales this morning despite warnings to stay away from the coast

People wach the waves at Aberystwyth in Wales this morning despite warnings to stay away from the coast 

A fallen branch on a car in a car park at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning as Storm Eunice hits the south coast

A fallen branch on a car in a car park at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning as Storm Eunice hits the south coast

A gritter drives down the A87 as parts of Scotland are under a Met Office weather warning for snow due to Storm Eunice

A gritter drives down the A87 as parts of Scotland are under a Met Office weather warning for snow due to Storm Eunice

A car has been crushed by a tree in Storm Eunice in Plymouth, Devon, this morning as high winds hit the South

A car has been crushed by a tree in Storm Eunice in Plymouth, Devon, this morning as high winds hit the South

A man holds his jacket up in the wind in Portland in Dorset this morning as Storm Eunice batters Britain

A man holds his jacket up in the wind in Portland in Dorset this morning as Storm Eunice batters Britain

Council workers and members of the public attempt to clear a fallen tree from the A394 road near Penzance in Cornwall today

Council workers and members of the public attempt to clear a fallen tree from the A394 road near Penzance in Cornwall today

Motorists receive assistance in snowy conditions in Balfron, Scotland, this morning during Storm Eunice

Motorists receive assistance in snowy conditions in Balfron, Scotland, this morning during Storm Eunice

A fallen tree blocks the A394 near Penzance in Cornwall this morning as Storm Eunice bears down on Britain

A fallen tree blocks the A394 near Penzance in Cornwall this morning as Storm Eunice bears down on Britain

A fallen tree on a VW Golf GTI car at St Margaret's in Richmond, South West London, this morning

A fallen tree on a VW Golf GTI car at St Margaret's in Richmond, South West London, this morning

Traffic queuing on the M90 today near Glenfarg in Perthshire after the southbound lanes of the motorway were closed

Traffic queuing on the M90 today near Glenfarg in Perthshire after the southbound lanes of the motorway were closed 

Storm Eunice causes havoc with winds causing damage by uprooting trees in Brockley, South London, this morning

Storm Eunice causes havoc with winds causing damage by uprooting trees in Brockley, South London, this morning

People walk in high winds along the seafront in Newquay on the Cornish coast  today as Storm Eunice makes landfall

People walk in high winds along the seafront in Newquay on the Cornish coast  today as Storm Eunice makes landfall

Wealthy residents in the millionaires' resort of Sandbanks have been left stranded because of Storm Eunice. The road leading to the peninsula in Poole, Dorset, is flooded after the high spring tide driven by fierce winds swept across the causeway

Wealthy residents in the millionaires' resort of Sandbanks have been left stranded because of Storm Eunice. The road leading to the peninsula in Poole, Dorset, is flooded after the high spring tide driven by fierce winds swept across the causeway

A fallen tree due to the high winds of Storm Eunice blocks one carrigeway of the A419 at Cricklade near Swindon today

A fallen tree due to the high winds of Storm Eunice blocks one carrigeway of the A419 at Cricklade near Swindon today

People struggle in the wind as they walk across Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in Central London today

People struggle in the wind as they walk across Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in Central London today

Two cars are crushed under a fallen tree in the village of Walditch, just outside Bridport near the Dorset coast this morning

Two cars are crushed under a fallen tree in the village of Walditch, just outside Bridport near the Dorset coast this morning

A tree has come down near The Marlborough pub, in High Street, Marlborough, and brought down a stone pillar and street lamp.

Weather watchers told not to be 'stupid' while trying to take photos

Weather watchers and amateur photographers have been urged to avoid the coastline in search of dramatic footage of Storm Eunice.

Roy Stokes from the Environment Agency said it was 'probably the most stupid thing you can do' to travel to the most exposed areas, with gusts of up to 90mph expected on the coastline.

People take pictures of waves at Porthcawl in Wales today

People take pictures of waves at Porthcawl in Wales today

It came as the Met Office took the highly unusual step of issuing two red weather warnings, for much of the south coast of England and Wales, with large waves expected and the prospect of beach material and debris being blown across the seafront.

Mr Stokes told BBC Breakfast: 'The worst possible thing you could do is go anywhere near these (coastal areas). I know people like to go and get photos and pictures, it's quite a dramatic scene, but they're far safer to watch it on the screen. It's probably the most stupid thing you can do.'

He urged people to listen to advice 'and act accordingly'.Roofs have been damaged in Trowbridge and Swindon and a barn has been blown into the road in Lower Road, Edington.

'A number of outbuildings are said to be insecure so please avoid the area while the scene is dealt with,' a police spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Severn crossings said staff had received verbal abuse from motorists over the decision to close the M4 and M48 bridges.

'We understand the effect a dual bridge closure has on people wishing to travel,' they said.

'This is an extremely rare event for us. We have staff out in this storm ensuring action is taken to keep road users safe and they are being abused for it.

'Respectfully, stop. Thank you.'

Southeastern rail is closing all its mainline routes because of Storm Eunice.

The operator said on Twitter: 'Do Not Travel - we can't guarantee that you'll be able to complete your journey and replacement transport is not available.'

At Heathrow, British Airways cancelled at least 114 departures and 118 arrivals on Friday.

The airline also cancelled 24 departures and 26 arrivals at London City.

Postal deliveries were also affected by Storm Eunice.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: 'In areas for which the Met Office has issued a red warning, we have had no choice but to suspend deliveries and close our delivery offices.

'In areas covered by an amber warning, we are assessing risk based on local knowledge, and will keep services running where possible.

'We will be reviewing the situation throughout the day, while continuing to prioritise the safety of our staff and customers.' 

A spokesman said: 'We have had to suspend service immediately due to the drastically worsening conditions. We do not know when we will be able to resume service.'

P&O Ferries has suspended all sailings between Dover and Calais. The operator said: 'All services between Dover and Calais are suspended until further notice.

'We expect this to be the case for most of the day and we will provide further information when possible. We strongly advise our customers not to travel to the Port of Dover today.'

The Port of Dover has announced it is temporarily closed to shipping due to Storm Eunice 'in the interests of customer and staff safety'.

A spokesman added: 'We are monitoring the weather situation closely and liaising with the ferry operators with an aim to reopen the port to shipping once it is safe to do so. The safety of our passengers and staff remains our utmost priority.'

Dyfed-Powys Police said the B4308 between Furnace and Farriers has been closed due to falling trees. 'If possible, please avoid the area and take an alternative route,' a force spokesman said.

People push a car out of the snow in Auchterarder in Scotland today as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country

People push a car out of the snow in Auchterarder in Scotland today as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country

Wealthy residents in the south coast millionaires' resort of Sandbanks have been left stranded because of Storm Eunice today

Wealthy residents in the south coast millionaires' resort of Sandbanks have been left stranded because of Storm Eunice today

People are hit by water spray in Newquay on the Cornish coast as Storm Eunice makes landfall today

People are hit by water spray in Newquay on the Cornish coast as Storm Eunice makes landfall today

Tan Hill Inn, the England's highest pub at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, in North Yorkshire, surrounded by snow today

Tan Hill Inn, the England's highest pub at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, in North Yorkshire, surrounded by snow today

Debris from a box van which had its box blown off and its contents consisting of Airfix and model kits scattered in a field next the A37 near Maiden Newton in Dorset during Storm Eunice today

Debris from a box van which had its box blown off and its contents consisting of Airfix and model kits scattered in a field next the A37 near Maiden Newton in Dorset during Storm Eunice today

Fallen trees being cleared off the road in Bournemouth, Dorset, today as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

Fallen trees being cleared off the road in Bournemouth, Dorset, today as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A man in snowy conditions, near Tan Hill Inn, the England's highest pubh at 1,732 feet above sea level, in North Yorkshire today

A man in snowy conditions, near Tan Hill Inn, the England's highest pubh at 1,732 feet above sea level, in North Yorkshire today

A tree blocking the Chiltern Railways train line between Great Missenden and Amersham during Storm Eunice today

A tree blocking the Chiltern Railways train line between Great Missenden and Amersham during Storm Eunice today

A car in snowy conditions near Langthwaite, North Yorkshire, as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK today

A car in snowy conditions near Langthwaite, North Yorkshire, as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK today

A tree falls onto the road in Rownham Hill, Bristol, today as police officers direct a vehicle this morning

A tree falls onto the road in Rownham Hill, Bristol, today as police officers direct a vehicle this morning

People clear snow from their cars in Auchterarder in Scotland today as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country

People clear snow from their cars in Auchterarder in Scotland today as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country

South Wales Police reported concerns amid reports of weather watchers heading to Porthcawl, a popular coastal spot for photographers during storms.

How Storm Eunice has been good news for wind power 

Today's stormy weather caused power prices to plunge after the high gusts caused some of the highest output from wind turbines on record.

Day-ahead UK power dropped by 11 per cent to £140 per megawatt-hour (MWh) following the surge in wholesale gas prices in recent months, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper also reported that wind power has significantly outpaced gas over the past week with turbine energy generation averaging 11.48 gigawatts, well above the 7.2GW for gas.

The Telegraph added that prices in Germany dropped by more than two-thirds to their lowest level this year, and that output from wind farms in the country is expected to double by tomorrow.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Valentine, who is leading the force's response to Storm Eunice, said: 'The Met Office's red warning is still in place for South Wales, and people should only be travelling where it's absolutely essential.

'Large waves are extremely dangerous, and going to take a look can put lives at risk - both your own and those of emergency service personnel.

'We're asking everyone please to stay safe, and to stay at home.'

Network Rail said a fallen tree around 50 feet (15 metres) long at Ewell West, Surrey is blocking the line between London Waterloo and Dorking, Surrey. This is affecting South Western Railway services.

National Highways said the Britannia Bridge, which connects the island of Anglesey with mainland Wales, is closed.

AA president Edmund King said: 'We are still urging people to only travel when absolutely essential and most people are following our advice. Fifty trees have blown down in Surrey in the last two days even before this red warning has kicked in, fallen trees and falling debris are likely to bring a danger to life.'

He said the workload for AA patrol teams had increased in the last two days.

British Airways said it is suffering from 'significant disruption', with dozens of flights cancelled.

It said in a statement: 'Due to the extreme weather conditions across the UK and resulting restrictions on the number of aircraft that can take-off and land each hour, we, like other airlines, are experiencing significant disruption.

'We're operating as many flights as we can and putting on larger aircraft where possible. Customers due to travel on a short-haul service today can rebook for free on ba.com.

'Those whose flights have been cancelled are being contacted to offer options including a full refund. Safety is always our priority and we're encouraging customers to check the latest flight information on ba.com before heading to the airport.'

Heathrow Airport wrote on Twitter: 'High winds and poor weather may cause last-minute delays, but we will do everything in our power to minimise any disruption that results.'

At Heathrow on Friday, at least 65 flights - both departures and arrivals - were cancelled and a further 114 were delayed by more than 15 minutes, according to aviation data provider FlightStats by Cirium.

At Gatwick there were 15 cancellations and 67 delayed flights. 

A swimmer in the sea at Clevedon in Somerset today despite warnings to stay out of the water during Storm Eunice

A swimmer in the sea at Clevedon in Somerset today despite warnings to stay out of the water during Storm Eunice

A large shop sign blows down in Putney, South West London, as the Met Office issues a red weather warning for the capital

A large shop sign blows down in Putney, South West London, as the Met Office issues a red weather warning for the capital

Strong waves hit the coast of South Wales at Swansea this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Strong waves hit the coast of South Wales at Swansea this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Large waves strike at Newquay in Cornwall this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Large waves strike at Newquay in Cornwall this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

A group of people lean into the wind at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, this morning where winds are extremely strong

A group of people lean into the wind at Caswell Bay in Swansea, South Wales, this morning where winds are extremely strong

Two lorries which have been blown on their sides in the high winds, closing the M4 in Margam, South Wales, today

Two lorries which have been blown on their sides in the high winds, closing the M4 in Margam, South Wales, today

Strong waves hit Wembury in Devon this morning as Storm Eunice strikes Britain after a series of red warnings were issued

Strong waves hit Wembury in Devon this morning as Storm Eunice strikes Britain after a series of red warnings were issued

People watch the waves hitting the coast of Somerset at Clevedon this morning as Storm Eunice strikes Britain

Waves hit Porthleven on the Cornish coast this morning as Storm Eunice makes landfall in the South West

Waves batter the promenade wall and the lighthouse at Porthcawl in South Wales this morning as Storm Eunice strikes

Waves batter the promenade wall and the lighthouse at Porthcawl in South Wales this morning as Storm Eunice strikes

Photographers take pictures as large waves and strong winds hit during Storm Eunice at Porthleven in Cornwall today

Photographers take pictures as large waves and strong winds hit during Storm Eunice at Porthleven in Cornwall today

Waves crash against the harbour wall at Porthcawl in South Wales this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

Storm Eunice caused major damage to Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat Station in Cornwall this morning

A wider view of the major damage to Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat Station in Cornwall this morning

A wider view of the major damage to Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat Station in Cornwall this morning

EasyJet said it has cancelled a 'small number of flights' from UK airports on Friday.

How did Storm Eunice get its name? 

Eunice is the sixth named storm of the season.

The latest storm, officially named by the Met Office on February 14, followed Storm Dudley in quick succession.

The season began with Storm Arwen, which was named on November 25.

The new storms list - first launched in 2015 - for each year generally runs from early September until late August the following year, coinciding with the beginning of autumn.

Members of the public can suggest names by emailing nameourstorms@metoffice.gov.uk.

Storms are named when they have the potential to cause an amber or red warning.

A list of possible names are compiled by Irish forecaster Met Eireann, the UK's Met Office and the Dutch national weather forecasting service KNMI.

Naming storms is seen as a way of improving the communication of upcoming severe weather through the media and government agencies, the Met Office said.

The forecaster added: 'In this way the public will be better placed to keep themselves, their property and businesses safe.'

The next storm is due to be named Franklin, followed by Gladys.

Here are the storms named so far in the 2021/22 season: 

  • Arwen: November 26-27, 2021
  • Barra: December 7-8, 2021
  • Malik: January 29, 2022 (named in Denmark)
  • Corrie: January 30-31, 2022
  • Dudley: February 16, 2022
  • Eunice February 18, 2022

It said in a statement: 'Due to strong winds impacting parts of the UK today, like other airlines we are experiencing some disruption to our flying programme and have been required to cancel a small number of flights to and from the UK.

'We are doing all possible to minimise the impact of the weather disruption for our customers and have notified those on cancelled flights in advance, with the option of transferring to an alternative flight free of charge or receiving a refund, as well as providing hotel accommodation and meals for customers who require them. 

'We continue to advise all customers due to fly with us today to check the status of their flights on our Flight Tracker page for real-time information, and to allow extra time to travel to the airport due to the impact of the weather on local public transport services.

'While this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused by the weather. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority.' 

In Cornwall, the Coastguard and police were warning people to stay away from the coast with reports of young people climbing onto seawalls and people swimming in the sea.

The Cornwall Tactical Command Group said the Tamar Bridge, which links Plymouth in Devon to Saltash in Cornwall, was currently closed to high-sided lorries but remains open for other vehicles.

Fallen trees have caused traffic problems across the county at Truro Moresk Road, the A3058 at Quintrell Downs, the B3268 Tanhouse Road, and Egloshayle Road in Wadebridge, and the A38 westbound carriageway, near Ivybridge.

There were also reports of properties with damaged roofs and fallen tiles calling problems and over 5,800 homes in Cornwall were without power.

The Cornwall Tactical Command Group said in Bude, the water reached the flood limit but did not breach and is now receding, while in Perranporth the sea water washed into the seafront car park and receded.

In Looe, the water breached the flood limit but did not cause any serious disruption, while the Isles of Scilly are experiencing strong winds and significant spray over the seawall.

The isles are also experiencing some power dips due to the power outages on the mainland.

The tactical command group consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, Highways England, the Met Office and other utility and emergency services. 

A snow covered landscape in Consett, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A snow covered landscape in Consett, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

The Stirling village of Killearn has woken up to heavy snow this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

The Stirling village of Killearn has woken up to heavy snow this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps into Britain

A commuter makes his way to work in the snow in Consett, County Durham this morning as Storm Eunice arrives

A commuter makes his way to work in the snow in Consett, County Durham this morning as Storm Eunice arrives 

Fresh snowfall in Barden Moor, North Yorkshire, as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK today after hitting the south coast

Fresh snowfall in Barden Moor, North Yorkshire, as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK today after hitting the south coast

A motorist struggles to deal with the difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this mornin

A motorist struggles to deal with the difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

Highland Cows in the snow near Carstairs in South Lanarkshire this morning as Scotland is placed under weather warnings

Highland Cows in the snow near Carstairs in South Lanarkshire this morning as Scotland is placed under weather warnings

A person walking in fresh snowfall in Colburn, North Yorkshire, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A person walking in fresh snowfall in Colburn, North Yorkshire, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland today as commuters make their way to work in the heavy snow

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland today as commuters make their way to work in the heavy snowThe A66 road is closed from Scotch Corner to Penrith, cutting off a main route between Country Durham and Cumbria

The A66 road is closed from Scotch Corner to Penrith, cutting off a main route between Country Durham and Cumbria

A local butcher carries his shop sign across a snowy pavement in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning

A local butcher carries his shop sign across a snowy pavement in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning

A snow covered landscape in Consett, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A snow covered landscape in Consett, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

The A66 road is closed from Scotch Corner to Penrith, cutting off a main route between Country Durham and Cumbria

The A66 road is closed from Scotch Corner to Penrith, cutting off a main route between Country Durham and Cumbria

A pedestrian makes their way along a snowy pavement at Eastfield in North Lanarkshire this morning as Storm Eunice hits

A pedestrian makes their way along a snowy pavement at Eastfield in North Lanarkshire this morning as Storm Eunice hits

Snow falls in Scotland against a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this morning

Snow falls in Scotland against a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this morningDrivers make their way along a snowy pavement at Eastfield in North Lanarkshire this morning as Storm Eunice hits

Drivers make their way along a snowy pavement at Eastfield in North Lanarkshire this morning as Storm Eunice hits

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland as commuters make their way through the heavy snow on the way to work

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland as commuters make their way through the heavy snow on the way to work

A cyclist rides along a road in falling snow near Edinburgh Castle as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this morning

A cyclist rides along a road in falling snow near Edinburgh Castle as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK this morning

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland as commuters make their way through the heavy snow on the way to work

Storm Eunice arrives in Paisley in Scotland as commuters make their way through the heavy snow on the way to work

Storm Eunice: What we know so far 

Storm Eunice has brought mighty winds and major disruption to much of the UK. These are the major developments so far:

- Casualties

One man has died after being struck by a falling tree in Co Wexford, police in Ireland said.

A second person, a motorist, is believed to have been killed when a large tree fell and crushed a vehicle in the market town of Alton, Hampshire, this afternoon. 

Elsewhere, Thames Valley Police said a member of the public sustained serious injuries when they were struck by 'falling debris' in Henley-on-Thames.

- 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.'

- Power outages

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

Western Power Distribution said that, as of 1.30pm, more than 140,000 homes were affected in its area, with around 90,000 of these in the south-west of England, and 40,000 in Wales.

- Travel disruption

Road, river and rail have all been affected.

Several bridges were closed, including both Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48, the Humber Bridge between North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, and the Britannia Bridge connecting 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, and severe disruption out of London.

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.

- 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.

- 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.

Royal Mail said it was forced to suspend postal services and close delivery offices in some areas.

And communications giant Openreach said it had to cancel some customer appointments, with the storm expected to cause damage to its network and services.

Councillor Martyn Alvey, cabinet member for environment, said: 'Cornwall Council and our partners are continuing to work together and are responding to reports of damage and blocked roads.

'Having urged people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to stay away from the coast, beaches and cliffs - we would like to thank everyone for staying safe and minimising their road travel and visits to coastal areas.

'We are still under a Met Office red warning, covering much of Cornwall, until midday when we move to an amber warning.

'Risks include an increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt travel plans.

'Impacts include possible road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.'

The RAC said many drivers are staying at home due to the severe weather.

Director of central operations Matt Dallaway said: 'Early indications are that most people are taking the weather warnings seriously and not setting out.

'The fact many roads are so clear is a sign that today is not a safe day to be driving.

'Breakdown volumes are currently far lower than we'd expect for a half-term Friday, although the types of jobs our patrols are going to are very different. Fewer battery-related problems and an increase in people being caught out by flash floods and snow in the North.'

Matt Dallaway of the RAC went on: 'We continue to urge drivers not to set out unless they absolutely have to. Just because the wind might not be that strong now, doesn't mean it won't be soon.

'As the storm moves east and inland, the risk of disruption from floods, falling trees and flying debris will increase, making conditions extremely hazardous.

'For anyone that does need to drive, it's vital to be vigilant and to slow down and leave extra space behind the vehicle in front and keep both hands firmly on the steering wheel. Our patrols are working incredibly hard today in very difficult conditions to rescue our members safely.'

It comes as millions of people were today told to stay indoors, cancel travel plans and stay away from the coast as Storm Eunice sweeps across the country from the early hours.

Families have been warned to expect falling trees, flying debris, severe flooding, roofs blown off and downed power lines. 

There are also fears of blocked roads and rail routes, disruption to flights and the threat of 40ft waves on Britain's shores.

Forecasters are especially worried because the storm is hitting during the morning rush hour – and in heavily populated areas.

Last night, much of the country began closing down in anticipation of its arrival. Some rail and bus networks announced they would shut completely.

Several popular attractions will be closed, as will many parks because of the risk of falling trees.

Meanwhile ministers held a meeting of the Government's crisis Cobra committee yesterday amid fears Eunice could be the worst storm to hit Britain since the Burns' Day storm in 1990 which killed almost 50 people, or the Great Storm of 1987, which felled countless trees and claimed 18 lives in England. 

Home Office minister Damian Hinds told ITV's Good Morning Britain today: 'Cobra have been convened about making sure the readiness is in place for this storm. Obviously it comes right on the back of Storm Dudley.

'We have had to learn a lot of lessons from previous events like Storm Arwen and others.

'There are troops as you know at readiness if needed, if military assistance is called for, the Environment Agency are of course on the ground, the network operators themselves are also in readiness.'

Storm Eunice comes just hours after Storm Dudley brought down power lines, leaving more than 20,000 properties in the North of England blacked out.

Boris Johnson yesterday confirmed the Army was on standby to help Britain cope with the impact of Storm Eunice, with the Government ready to offer 'all the support we can'.

The Met Office urged workers to cancel commutes and to work from home in the worst affected areas.

Forecaster Becky Mitchell said: 'With the wind gusts we are forecasting at the moment, we've only seen a handful of storms in the past 30 years that have brought similar gusts.

Grain Power Station in Kent where one of the three chimneys has been damaged during Storm Eunice this afternoon

Grain Power Station in Kent where one of the three chimneys has been damaged during Storm Eunice this afternoon

'It's got the potential to be up there as quite a notable storm. Winds are likely to be 60 to 70mph inland across the south of the UK. It's quite unusual, we don't see gusts that high over such a wide area in the south. The Burns' Day storm brought similar gusts.'

Power station taken offline as Storm Eunice batters UK 

A tower at a power station appears to have collapsed amid fierce winds as Storm Eunice batters the UK.

Grain Power Station in Kent has been taken offline after one of its three stacks is believed to have toppled.

Uniper UK, which owns the gas-fired power station, said there have been no casualties and there is no risk to the local community.

Storm Eunice has brought chaos and 100mph winds to the UK, with potentially record-breaking gusts lashing the most exposed areas.

Pictures on social media appear to show significant damage to Grain Power Station, with one of the plant’s three towers broken near its base.

The £500 million power station, located just over a mile from the coast, has operational capacity of 1,275 megawatts - enough to supply one million homes.

In a statement, Uniper UK said: “A weather-related incident has occurred at Grain Power Station during Storm Eunice. We can confirm that there are no casualties and there is no risk to the local community. However, it has caused some damage on site and the power station has been temporarily taken offline as a precaution.”

Dr Ambrogio Volonte of the University of Reading said the storm has the same structure as the 1987 one which could result in a 'sting jet' – winds of 100mph or more which descend rapidly to the ground leaving devastation in their wake.

The conditions will also coincide with high tide sparking massive waves which prompted warnings to stay clear of coastal paths.

Roy Stokes, the Environment Agency spokesperson for the Midlands, said Storm Eunice is a 'really, really serious situation' and some people may have to leave their homes.

Speaking on Sky News, he said: 'What I would stress as well is that, folks, listen to the advice from the emergency services.

'This is a really, really serious situation and I know that people don't always want to leave their homes but in this case it might be the best advice, so listen to what you're being told on the ground.

'Keep an eye on things and we'll just watch this come through now and hopefully it won't be as bad as we're all expecting but we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.'

He added: 'People talk about the perfect storms, so the high spring tides combined with this storm that's moving in now, it's just the worst possible thing really for the (Severn) Estuary so the worst case scenario is that some of those flood defences that have protected people over the years could be over topped.'

He also urged weather watchers to resist the temptation to travel to the coast for photographs of Storm Eunice, describing it as 'probably the most stupid thing you can do'.

He told BBC Breakfast: 'The worst possible thing you could do is go anywhere near these (coastal areas).

'I know people like to go and get photos and pictures, it's quite a dramatic scene but they're far safer to watch it on the screen.'

Rob Stewart, leader of City and County of Swansea Council, has warned that Storm Eunice poses a 'really dangerous situation' as schools in the area close for 36,000 pupils. 

A motorist struggles to deal with the difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A motorist struggles to deal with the difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A motorist clears his car of snow amid difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A motorist clears his car of snow amid difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A snowplough clears a road in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A snowplough clears a road in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

Snow falls in Burnopfield in County Durham this morning, covering roads, paths and vehicles as Storm Eunice arrives

Snow falls in Burnopfield in County Durham this morning, covering roads, paths and vehicles as Storm Eunice arrives

A snowplough clears a road in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

A snowplough clears a road in Tow Law, County Durham, this morning as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK

Snow falls in Burnopfield in County Durham this morning, covering roads, paths and vehicles as Storm Eunice arrives

Snow falls in Burnopfield in County Durham this morning, covering roads, paths and vehicles as Storm Eunice arrives

A snow plough clears the roads in Consett, County Durham this morning, as Storm Eunice arrives in the UK

A snow plough clears the roads in Consett, County Durham this morning, as Storm Eunice arrives in the UK

Motorists navigate difficult driving conditions in Consett, County Durham this morning as Storm Eunice hits