Hurricane destroys England and Ireland

This is the highest warning level and means there is a danger to life and health. Meteorologists warned of storm surge, flooding and strong winds.

The storm hit the coast on Friday morning. On the Isle of Wight, gusts of more than 54 meters per second were recorded, which may be a new English record.

In comparison, a sustained wind speed of 33 seconds is considered a hurricane.

– We must all follow advice and take precautions to keep us safe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.

In the afternoon reported BBC that part of the roof of the O2 arena in London had been ripped apart by a strong gust of wind.

The streets of the British capital are almost deserted, and many have clearly followed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call.

– Stay home, don’t take risks, and don’t travel unless absolutely necessary, he tweeted.

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In Ireland, more than 80,000 homes were without electricity as of Friday, and several schools and universities were closed.

In the Ballythomas area, about 90 kilometers southwest of Dublin, a 60-year-old man died when he was hit by a tree, police said.

In Scotland, the storm caused heavy snowfall, creating problems on the roads.

Both air, rail and road traffic were severely affected. In Wales and West England, all train departures have been cancelled.

Drivers of trucks and motorbikes were asked to avoid the bridge so as not to get off the highway.

Ferries across the English Channel were also stopped, and problems arose in mainland Europe as well. A number of train departures were canceled in Germany, and hundreds of flights to Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam and Heathrow and Gatwick outside London were canceled or delayed.

An EasyJet from Bordeaux had to travel back to France after two failed landings at Gatwick.

Denmark is waiting

The storm is expected to hit Denmark on Friday evening, where it has been named Nora. Bridges over the Great Belt and resunds may close at the worst of winds, and some train and plane departures may also be delayed or cancelled.

Climate researcher Richard Allan at the University of Reading said there was little indication that this type of storm was becoming stronger as a result of climate change.

However, the consequences are in many cases worse as sea levels have risen and climate change has increased the risk of extreme rainfall.

(NTB)

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