UK: Storm Eunice leaves 400 000 homes without power

London – Energy companies are working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes after one of the worst storms to hit the United Kingdom in decades.

Storm Eunice brought fierce winds, toppling trees and sending debris flying on Friday, causing the deaths of three people in the UK.

Five people died elsewhere in Europe.

A 122mph gust on the Isle of Wight set a provisional record in England, and as of Friday night about 400 000 homes were left without power.

Many train operators extended warnings not to travel into Saturday.

The Met Office had issued rare red weather warnings for coastal areas of south-west England and south Wales, along with south-east England, indicating a danger to life.

A less-severe yellow wind warning for much of the south coast of England and south Wales was issued on Saturday.

The Met Office said the latest warning could hamper recovery efforts from the storm.

Eunice is the second storm in a week to hit the UK, after parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland were battered by Storm Dudley.

It has also brought dangerous conditions to areas across north-west Europe.

In Ireland, a man in his 60s was killed by a falling tree in County Wexford. Three people also died in the Netherlands after being hit by falling trees, and a Canadian man aged 79 was killed in Belgium. (BBC)

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