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Shocking Moment Tree Crashes Into Bus In Storm Eunice Winds

Dominic Smithers

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Shocking Moment Tree Crashes Into Bus In Storm Eunice Winds

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Shocking footage shows the moment a tree crashed into an oncoming bus as Storm Eunice battered the country yesterday (18 February). Watch below:

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Yesterday saw Storm Eunice rip through the country, with strong winds causing chaos for millions.

Videos shared on social media showed the path of destruction the storm left in its wake.

And a dash cam captured the moment a tree was blown over, causing it to come crashing down onto a bus heading towards Catford Bridge in Biggin Hill, Bromley.

In the clip, which was shared on Facebook, the car can be seen traveling along a road.

As it comes through a bend to the left, the bus can be seen heading in the opposite direction.

However, as it heads into view, a tree on the right hand side of the road topples over, smashing against the front of the bus and shattering its windscreen.

The video then ends.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

At least three people died in the UK and one in Ireland during the storm, which saw winds reach 122mph on the Isle of Wight.

And over 400,000 homes were without power at the peak of the storm.

Ahead of Eunice hitting, the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for wind, urging people to stay at home if they could.

This was then upgraded to red across southwest coastal areas of England and South Wales because the high winds represented a ‘significant danger to life’.

The last time the Met Office issued a red warning was during Storm Arwen in November last year, but this is the first time a red warning has been issued for wind since March 2018.

The storm even managed to rip off part of the roof of the O2 in London, leaving the sheet that covers the arena blowing in the wind. 

The O2 - which is essentially a huge tent - is covered by sheeting which has been ripped away, with the panels that have come off seen floating in the nearby Thames.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Sharing a video, Twitter user Ben Hubbard said: "Quick update, in the last 45 minutes it started off as one small panel down in the corner and went right up to the centre and now it's in the second, third and now fourth panel being completely shredded.

"I'm not sure whether there's anything that can be done, this is just serious damage."

People responded to the clip, with one writing: "Tbh it only looks like a bit of tarpaulin flapping there! Surprised it’s lasted this long!"

Another added: "Well this is just a perfect metaphor for the state of the UK in the 21st century. We need this as a meme."

And a third wrote: "The more wind can get into the structure, the worse the damage will get because the air will start pushing against the skin from the inside - yikes!" Yikes indeed.

Topics: Weather, London

Dominic Smithers
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