Storm Eunice: Londoners sent sprawling to the ground by 122mph winds – VIDEO

Storm Eunice: Londoners fall over in strong winds

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Brits were blown off their feet outside Croydon box park in south London as watchers ran to help those who had fallen. Millions of people have been urged to stay at home for the day due to safety fears over the impact of Storm Eunice, one of the worst storms to hit the UK in a generation. Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power, while flights, trains, and ferry services have been suspended, and roads, schools, and businesses have shut down as potentially record-breaking gusts of more than 120mph have been recorded in the most exposed areas.

Even though the first of the Met Office’s two ultra-rare “red” weather warnings expired at midday affecting the southwest of England and South Wales, a second remains in place until 3pm across the East of England and London due to the combination of high tides, strong winds, and storm surge.

But attention is already turning to the impact beyond Friday afternoon, with further disruption to travel and more weather warnings issued for Saturday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “We should all follow the advice and take precautions to keep safe.”

Amid the chaos – with swirling gusts felling trees, tossing debris in the air, and damaging homes – emergency services were forced to issue warnings for people to stay away from the worst affected areas.

London’s O2 Arena has been shut after parts of its roof were ripped off in high winds as Storm Eunice struck.

Some of the white covering on the venue could be seen flapping in the strong gusts, in footage shared on social media.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 1,000 people were evacuated from the building but there were no reports of any injuries.

The damage was described as “tragic” by the band Simply Red, and “so sad” by a woman who witnessed a “chunk” coming off the top.

Storm Eunice: Section of O2 arena ripped off by strong winds

A spokesperson for the venue confirmed it would remain closed for the rest of Friday and added that they would “act accordingly” as they assessed the “ongoing situation”.

The famous building, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, hosts major events including concerts and features restaurants, bars, shops, and a cinema.

Upcoming gigs include the rapper Dave on Monday and Tuesday, and UB40 next Friday.

On its official Twitter account, the O2 is described as: “Not just a tent. The world’s most popular music and entertainment venue.”

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Meanwhile, London Fire Brigade has declared a “major incident” due to the volume of 999 calls over Storm Eunice.

The brigade said on Twitter: “We have declared a major incident in response to the volume of 999 calls being taken about #StormEunice related incidents.

“Firefighters are still meeting the needs of our communities, but declaring a major incident allows us to focus our resources.

“We’ve introduced batch mobilisation, meaning calls where there is a risk to life are prioritised and crews then attend other calls as non-emergencies when they can.

“Control took 550 calls between 1030 and 1300 – more than the average number usually taken in a 24-hour period.”

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