Forecast of 80mph winds as thousands without power in UK after Storm Eunice
Thousands of homes were left without power on Saturday night, as forecasters predicted gusts of up to 80mph were set to batter again Britain on Sunday.
The Energy Networks Association said that about 155,000 customers remained without electricity in the south and east of England and Wales after Storm Eunice, while new yellow weather warnings were announced across the UK.
The yellow warning for wind will be in place in England and Wales from midday on Sunday until 3pm on Monday. In Northern Ireland, north-west England, and south-west Scotland, another warning will be in place until midday on Monday.
For rain, the yellow warning remains in place from midnight on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday in Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
“Eunice is gone, but unfortunately things are not settling down”.
“There is another area of low pressure up near Iceland, and that will bring very strong winds again through Sunday. As well as that we’ve got reasonably heavy rain as well.
“There’s also a fair bit of snow, and the rain is going to melt it. There could be some issues with surface water and flooding in certain areas.
“There is not a great deal of respite in terms of lighter winds at all this week, which will really set back clear-up operations.”
Rail services across most of the UK suffered major disruption as operators fought the elements to clear fallen debris from the tracks.
Most continued to advise customers not to travel unless essential and ran limited services.
Meanwhile, airport operations were mostly back to normal at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester. More than 500 flights to and from the UK were cancelled on Friday.
Emergency services across the country were reportedly overwhelmed with calls from members of the public through Friday and Saturday.
Insurance network PwC estimated that insurance losses for Storm Eunice will be between £200 and £300m.