As parts of the UK reel from Storm Eunice, emergency services have been inundated with calls from the anxious public. Hurricane force winds have battered the Midlands, southern England and Wales throughout Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. On the Isle of Wight, gusts reached 122mph and set a provisional new record for England.
The measurement was taken at an exposed point on the west of the island and if confirmed will beat the previous record of 118mph set in 1979 at Gwennap Head in Cornwall.
The tempest has caused panic and fear and led to a flood of calls to emergency services from the frightened public – some of which have been deemed “unhelpful”.
In London, a concerned member of the public contacted the fire brigade to report a trampoline blowing about in a garden.
Keen to marshal their resources, the London Fire Brigade put out a message on social media, pleading with people to contact them only to report real emergencies.
“Control has taken a number of unhelpful calls, including to a trampoline which was blowing around in a garden,” they wrote.
“Please listen to our advice and only call 999 if there is an emergency or if there’s an immediate risk to life so crews can respond to people who really need our help.”
People were urged to stay at home if possible and advised to avoid seeking shelter under trees if forced to go outside.
The Fire Brigade added: “If you haven’t already, please ensure any loose items in and around your home and on balconies, like garden furniture, are secured or safely stored away.
“This will help stop people being injured by flying debris and objects and prevent unnecessary calls to 999.”
Fatalities and serious injuries have been reported throughout the day, as the storm tore its way through Ireland and England.
One person was taken to hospital suffering from serious injuries after being hit by debris from a roof in Henley-on-Thames.
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The high winds have caused widespread travel disruption throughout the UK, as well as forcing hundreds of schools to close.
Analytics firm Cirium said more than 400 flights from or within the UK were cancelled.
There was also major disruption to rail services due to fallen trees blocking lines.
London’s South Eastern Main line shut down the network’s entire service.
Currently, the Met Office has issued an amber warning for places across the Midlands, southern England, and Wales.