London travel chaos as Storm Eunice disrupts Tube causing major delays and cancellations

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There are delays or part suspensions across almost all lines across the capital’s Tube network. It comes after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urged all Londoners to stay at home and not to travel unless it is absolutely essential.

He tweeted: “Our city is as prepared as possible for any potential impacts of Storm Eunice. However, it is vital that Londoners listen to the official advice today and stay at home until the storm has passed.”

Eight of London Underground’s 11 lines have been disrupted by the storm with all but one down to items being blown onto the tracks.

Transport for London (TfL) reports severe delays on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines with obstructions on the lines.

The Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Metropolitan and District lines are also part suspended.

Services on some London Overground routes, including between Euston and Watford Junction, have also been cancelled.

High winds in London have shredded the white domed roof of the O2 Arena while tall buildings in the city trembled as wind whistled through Canary Wharf.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders told Reuters: “Storm Eunice is really packing a punch. We only issue red weather warnings when we think there is a threat to life from the weather.”

The Met Office said a gust of 122mph (196 kph) was recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight, which is a provisional record for the most powerful gust ever recorded in England.

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Train operators across Britain urged passengers to avoid travelling on Friday as emergency 50mph speed limits are in place in many areas.

All trains in Kent have been cancelled with no services across Wales.

Network Rail Kent & Sussex said: “We are closing all routes in Kent, and all lines in SE London are blocked by trees. Please do not travel.”

Jake Kelly, a group director at Network Rail, said: “There is severe disruption across multiple rail lines today so we are continuing to ask passengers not to travel and make alternative arrangements wherever possible.

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“Starting tonight and carrying on through the weekend we will be working round the clock to fix the damage that the storm has done to the railway, but passengers should be checking their journeys over the weekend as we carry out these repairs.”

A total of 436 flights have been cancelled across the UK amid record winds from storm Eunice, according to Cirium data.

British Airways announced it was cancelling a number of flights and there would be significant disruption.

Danish ferry operator DFDS said in a statement posted on Twitter that its ferries between Dover and Calais have been suspended due to the high winds.

P&O Ferries suspended all sailings between Dover and Calais, while dozens of flights were cancelled and hundreds delayed across UK airports.

Wind speeds forced both the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and M48 Severn Bridge into Wales to close to traffic for what is believed to be the first time in history.

The Humber Bridge linking Yorkshire and Lincolnshire closed from 1.30pm.

A man in County Wexford has been confirmed dead by police in Ireland while a member of the public is in hospital with serious injuries after being struck by falling debris from a roof in Henley-on-Thames, according to Thames Valley Police.

Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power, while flights, trains and ferry services have been suspended.

Roads, schools and businesses have shut as potentially record-breaking gusts of more than 120mph have been recorded in the most exposed areas.

Despite the first of the Met Office’s two ultra rare red weather warnings expiring at midday for the south west of England and south Wales, a second remains in place until 3pm across the east of England and London.

A separate amber weather warning is also in place for gusts across England until 9pm as well as yellow warnings for snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office has issued a less severe yellow wind warning for much of the south coast of England and South Wales on Saturday, which it said could hamper recovery efforts from Storm Eunice.

Several red warnings were issued in late February and early March 2018 during the so-called Beast from the East, the storm that brought widespread heavy snow and freezing temperatures to many parts of the UK.

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