Deliveroo and Uber Eats cancel service as Storm Eunice sparks rider safety fears

Storm Eunice has forced food delivery companies Uber Eats and Deliveroo to halt their services with rider safety in mind.

A message on the Deliveroo app reads: "We'll be back delivering again when it is safe to do so."

They add: "In the interest of keeping riders safe, our service is not available at the moment due to a red weather warning."

While Uber Eats say: "For courier safety, our delivery service is currently unavailable due to a weather alert."

A statement continued: "We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with our partners and riders to let them know when we plan to reopen these areas."

On Twitter, Just Eat has responded to some users saying that it has stopped delivery services in all affected areas.

The news comes as the capital has been put on a rare red weather warning – which means a "danger to life" – as a result of the strong winds reaching up to 80mph.

Londoners have been urged to "stay at home" amid what is being called the worst storm in 30 years sweeps across the city.

Gusts of up to 80mph are predicted in London today (February 18) however a wind gust of 122mph on the Isle of Wight is provisionally the highest gust ever recorded in a low-level location in England, the Met Office said.

This comes as Storm Eunice has wrecked havoc across the country.

Flights have been cancelled throughout the UK, with London City Airport closing down completely.

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A number of brave pilots have attempted landings, with some succeeding, while others have decided to abort.

Ferries running between Southampton and the Isle of Wight, but also those from Dover to Calais have also been affected due to the adverse weather conditions.

Despite warnings from the Met Office and the authorities for people to stay at home, some have not only gone out, but gone for a swim too.

A trio of men were pictured stripping off to their trunks and getting into the water at New Brighton, Merseyside.

Trees up and down the country have been at the mercy of the winds, with a massive one in Devon being completely ripped from its roots.

Thousands of homes across the country, including the south-west and the north of England have also experienced power cuts.

The post has also been affected, with Royal Mail announcing that no mail would be delivered in areas that are part of the red weather warning.

London's iconic O2 Arena had sections of its roof ripped off by the strong winds.

The emergency services are dealing with issues non-stop, following an increasing number of calls by concerned residents, with Devon and Cornwall Police saying they have received four times as many calls as normal.

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