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The second strong storm in three days hit north Europe at least nine people were killed on Friday when a strong wind knocked down trees, canceled trains and tore off parts of the roof of London’s O2 Arena.
The Great Britain. The weather service said that on the Isle of Wight was recorded a gust of wind at 122 miles per hour (196 kilometers per hour), which is considered the strongest in England when the storm Eunice swept across the south. The weather system, known in Germany as Storm Zeynep, is now advancing on the European mainland, triggering warnings of strong winds in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
The storm wreaked havoc on trips to Britain, closing the English Channel in Dover, closing the bridges connecting England and Wales, and stopping most trains in and out of London.
At least three people have been killed in Britain, including a man in the south of England who died in a car crash into a tree, another man whose windscreen fell into wreckage in the north-west of England, and a 30-year-old woman who died in London when a tree fell on a car. , police said
In the Netherlands, firefighters said three people were killed by falling trees in and around Amsterdam, and a fourth died in the northern province of Groningen by driving into a fallen tree.
An elderly man has died in neighboring Belgium strong wind pushed him into a canal in Ypres. In the county of Wexford, Ireland, a local government official was killed as he responded to the site of a falling tree, the local council said.
Eunice is the second storm to hit Europe this week, killing at least five people in Germany and Poland. Peter Ines, a meteorologist at the University of Reading in England, links the storms to an unusually strong jet stream over the eastern Atlantic with winds close to 200 miles per hour (321 km per hour) at high altitudes.
“A strong jet stream like this can act as a production line for storms, creating a new storm every day or two,” Ines said. “In the recent past, there have been many cases where two or more harmful storms have passed across the UK and other parts of Europe in a matter of days.”
The forecast prompted British authorities to take the unusual step by issuing “red” weather warnings indicating danger to life for some parts of southern England, including London and Wales, which lasted until early in the day. Amber low-level warning of gusts of up to 80 mph covers the whole of England from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Even before Britain was hit by a storm, Eunice disrupted travel in the south of England and Wales, interrupting many trains, and canceled many flights and ferries. A number of tourist attractions in England, including the London Eye, Legaland and Warwick Castle, have closed before the storm, as have all of London’s royal parks.
In the city of Wales in the south-west of England the wind toppled the spire of a 19th century church. In London, a strong wind tore off the roof of Arena 02, a landmark on the south bank of the River Thames, originally known as the Millennium Dome. Firefighters evacuated 1,000 people from the area.
“I urge all Londoners to stay at home, not to take risks and not to travel when absolutely necessary,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan before the storm.
The Environment Agency has issued 10 warnings of severe flooding, another indicator of life-threatening weather conditions.
The storm is expected to hit northern Germany later on Friday and pass east at night. A flood warning was issued on Germany’s North Sea coast on Friday. Meteorologists have warned that Friday’s storm could do more damage than the previous weather system, causing accidents that killed at least three people, felled trees and damaged roofs and railways.
Germany Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway operator, on Friday canceled all trains in the north due to the storm.
In the Netherlands, authorities on Friday afternoon sent an alert to mobile phone users warning them to stay home.
The Dutch the weather The institute has previously issued its highest warning: a red code for coastal regions and an orange code for most of the rest of the lower country. The country’s railway company said it would stop all trains across the country from 2pm (1pm GMT). KLM has canceled dozens of flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
In The Hague, a strong wind tore off part of the roof at the stadium of the football club ADO The Hague. There are no direct reports of casualties.
On Scheveningen Beach in The Hague, authorities built sand walls to protect beach bars from the storm, even as dozens of surfers withstood the weather in search of storm surges.
In Denmark, strong winds have forced authorities to ban cars from crossing the Storebælt tunnel and the bridge connecting the central island of Funen and Zealand, where the capital Copenhagen is located.
The Eunice storm was a cause for concern because it could cause a “stinging jet”, a small area of intense wind that could exceed 100 miles per hour.
One example of this phenomenon occurred during the so-called Great Depression of 1987, which killed 18 people and felled 15 million trees across the UK, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Liz Bentley, executive director of the Royal Meteorological Society, called the phenomenon similar to a scorpion in the sky.
“It’s often called a sting because it’s like a sting in the tail when the storm is moving,” she said. “And it’s usually a place where the wind is strong – right at the tip of this curl.” cloud ”.
Train operators across the UK have urged passengers to avoid traveling on Friday and many services have stopped. Airlines have warned of delays and canceled flights at airports in the south of England, including London’s Heathrow, where hundreds of flights have been canceled.
Frederic Otto, a climatologist from Imperial College who is an expert in extreme weather events, said there was no evidence that climate change was leading to stronger storms in Europe.
But she said the damage caused by such storms has increased because rainfall has become more intense as a result of man-made climate change.
“Second, sea levels have risen,” said Otto, a World Weather attributer who studies the link between extreme weather and global warming. “This means that storm floods, which also occur during such storms, are (are) higher and thus lead to more damage than would be the case without climate change.”