Three Brits killed in Storm Eunice with falling trees and deadly debris to blame

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The tragic death toll from Storm Eunice has risen to three in the UK, with two killed by falling trees in different locations.

All three fatalities were killed when inside their vehicles on Friday.

A man in his 50s has died in Netherton, Merseyside, after debris struck the windscreen of a vehicle he was travelling in, said Merseyside Police.

Meanwhile a woman in her 30s has died after a tree fell on a car in Haringey, north London, on Friday afternoon during Storm Eunice, the Metropolitan Police said.

Hampshire Police have also confirmed it was also a motorist who died from a falling tree in the market town of Alton just before midday.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary today said: "We are responding to a serious single-vehicle collision on Old Odiham Road, Alton, which happened just before midday today.

"If you have to travel, please seek an alternate route while we attend the incident."

A white sheet this afternoon covered what is believed to be the battered vehicle, which was struck by the tree.

Branches littered the ground around where the tree – thought to be at least 10ft tall – fell into the road, and a fire engine, two police cars and a JCB digger remained at the scene.

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Merseyside Police are asking members of the public who may have witnessed the fatal accident to come forward.

Sergeant Amy Murray said: "This is a very tragic incident and our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the passenger and anyone else who has been affected.

"I would ask anyone who was in the area of Switch Island/Dunningsbridge Road, heading towards Aintree, from Maghull, at around 2pm who saw anything or captured anything significant on their dash cam to contact us as they may have information which is vital to our enquiries."

A man in Co Wexford, Ireland, has also been killed by a falling tree on Friday.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said of the incident in Haringey: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the woman who tragically lost her life and the man who was seriously injured in Highgate this afternoon.

"I'd like to pay tribute to all those in the emergency services who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe and urge all Londoners to remain cautious and avoid taking risks as this storm passes."

It came as millions of people were urged to stay at home on Friday due to safety fears over the impact of Eunice, one of the worst storms to hit the UK in a generation, while transport woes meant many were unable to travel.

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Both of the Met Office's ultra-rare "red" weather warnings over the impact of extremely strong winds have now elapsed, but Eunice's impact is expected to continue.

Two men are in hospital after being injured by debris blowing in the wind in separate incidents across south London.

Police forces and local authorities across the country reported being inundated with phone calls related to the storm, with East Sussex County Council receiving 97 fallen tree reports by 4pm.

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