(RoyalPatriot.com )- This week, British citizens were advised against traveling as the United Kingdom was battered by Storm Eunice. It was the second major storm in the space of a week, and it prompted a rare “red” weather warning in the country, particularly in southern England.
The United Kingdom enjoys typically more moderate weather than much of the United States, making the storm a surprise for most people.
Storm Eunice caused major disruption and dangerous conditions across much of the country, with some of the coastal parts of the country seeing winds reach 90mph.
📍 #StormEunice in #Netherlands and #UK #Storm wreaked havoc bringing record winds of 192mph to parts of #England and snapping trees in the Netherlands.#GlobalCrisis pic.twitter.com/SIIV9T21cJ
— Global Crisis (@_GlobalCrisis_) February 19, 2022
Footage shared online showed trash cans being whipped up into the air in heavy wind, church steeples falling to the ground, and trees being uprooted.
In Essex, an ancient oak tree, estimated to be around 400 years old, was completely uprooted by the winds and went crashing through a family’s roof.
Family have lucky escape when ancient oak tree uprooted by winds crashes through their roof https://t.co/hOXcb1wQ7Y
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) February 19, 2022
Storm Eunice came only days after Storm Dudley.
The Met Office described how Storm Eunice was “under a powerful part of the jet stream, where winds are close to 200 mph and this will help Eunice to rapidly strengthen” over a period of 24 hours.
The #JetStream is a fast moving ribbon of air, several miles above the earth's surface #StormEunice is under a powerful part of the jet stream, where winds are close to 200 mph and this will help #Eunice to rapidly strengthen during the next 12-24 hours as it crosses the UK pic.twitter.com/UiqADXVJAz
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 17, 2022
London, England’s capital city, was hit particularly hard. It prompted Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to encourage Londoners to “stay at home” and not top travel “unless it is absolutely essential.”
Many flights and trains were also canceled across the country and British Airways warned of severe delays at Heathrow Airport.