More than 40,500 Britons are STILL without electricity today – with thousands of days facing the dark after killer storm Eunice blasted the country at 122mph gales.
There are concerns that some Britons could face disruption until next WEEK as forecasters warn of strong winds throughout the weekend.
In an update yesterday evening, the Energy Networks Association said about 40,500 customers were still without power – while 95% of homes were reconnected.
Around 27,500 customers remain in the dark in the South East of England, with 13,000 customers affected in the East of England.
And some power outages could last for another 48 hours and potentially longer next week in rural areas across the UK.
It happened when the mercury dropped and wind and rain warnings were issued.
Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng has warned “there will be a lot of disruption”.
Helicopters and generators have been deployed to help people respond, he said.
Real estate in Essex was particularly hard hit, with 6,700 homes without power on Saturday night.
However, major cleanup efforts could be hampered by yellow wind and rain warnings now in place across the country.
The Met Office has warned that means work to restore infrastructure could be hampered – leading to prolonged power cuts.
It comes as:
8 inches of snow, frozen ice and 80 mph gales will appear after the clang.
Temperatures plummeted to -1C on Friday night in some areas.
A new yellow rain and wind warning has been put in place over much of Scotland and as far as England.
Southern parts of the country will remain affected by strong winds of 70mph from Sunday through Monday.
The warning also covers southern Wales, the West Country and the entire south coast.
Rain warnings are in place between Carlisle and Bakewell in Derbyshire.
And on Monday, another yellow warning for wind will be in place for the UK and the northwest.
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Britain will finally come out of its weather misery at 3pm that day.
Travel chaos will also continue, and National Rail has warned of ongoing disruption.
Thousands of trains were canceled on Friday, with rail bosses issuing “no travel” warnings.
All services in and out of London Euston have been suspended. All services in Wales were also cancelled, while Avanti West Coast and Chiltern Railways suspended their services.
Aviation analytics firm Cirium estimates that more than 400 flights have been canceled – just as the midterm break begins.
Tragically, Three Britons and one Irishman are believed to have been killed in the storm.
A woman in her thirties, a passenger in a car, died in Haringey, London when a tree falls on the car.
A man in his 30s behind the wheel was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A man in his 50s was killed when debris pierced the windshield of a car in Merseyside.
And a man in his 60s who died in Co Wexford when he was crushed by a tree while clearing debris – has been named Billy Kinsella.
In another development, three people were taken to hospital – one seriously – after a tree fell on a car in Wiltshire, while two others were injured in a balcony collapse in London.
Friday’s gala is supposed to be highest ever recorded in the UKaccording to the Met Office.
The worst affected area – the Isle of Wight – recorded gusts of 122mph.
The gusts there were even stronger during the Great Typhoon of 1987 when 18 people were killed.
London is covered by a red ‘danger to life’ weather warning for the first time.
Part of the roof at O2 was also ripped off, with staff warning the place could be closed for months.
London Fire Brigade was notified of a serious incident after 999 calls spiked – with 550 calls recorded between 10:30am and 1pm, more than the average number received in 24 hours.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4718534/storm-eunice-thousands-without-power-next-week/ Over 40,000 STILL without power following Hurricane Eunice as they face days in the dark while the massive cleanup effort continues