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Terrifying Moment Storm Eunice Blows Lorry Over In 88mph Winds On Motorway

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Terrifying Moment Storm Eunice Blows Lorry Over In 88mph Winds On Motorway

Storm Eunice has arrived in the UK at full force, knocking people into the sea, downing trees and ripping open the roof of London's O2 arena.

Footage from the M4 shows a lorry being blown over by the storm's 88mph winds in Wales, just one of the areas in the UK that was under a 'danger to life' red weather warning.

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WalesOnline reports that two lorries were blown over and that traffic was being held between Porthcawl and Margam, as emergency services worked to get one of the drivers out of his cab.

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This news follows the announcement that the Second Severn Crossing will be closed due to Storm Eunice, with the M48 Severn Crossing already being closed. This marks the first time ever that both Severn Crossing bridges have been closed.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

People in affected areas have been advised to stay home if possible and the Met Office has confirmed that windspeeds of 122mph were recording in Needles on the Isle of White - the strongest ever recorded in England.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.

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“The red warning areas indicate a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris.

"Although the most exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 90mph, winds will remain notably strong further inland, with gusts of between 60-70mph for most within the amber warning area, and up to 80mph in a few places.”

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Storm Eunice continues to wreck havoc across the country. Planes at Heathrow have had to abort landings and British Airways have cancelled a huge number of flights.

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Train journeys have also been impacted with London Euston announcing that all its rail services have been cancelled.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “Hundreds of engineers are out in horrendous conditions trying to maintain and protect the railway from the onslaught of this major storm.

“Because of Storm Eunice’s severity we’ve had no choice but to close some routes as it’s too unsafe to run trains.”

Flood warnings have also been put in place across many coastal areas.

Featured Image Credit: Athena Picture Agency/Alamy

Topics: Weather, UK News

Isobel Pankhurst
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