(ANSA) – LONDON, FEBRUARY 19 – The Eunice storm, which yesterday hit the United Kingdom before reaching the European continent with violent gusts of wind and spectacular waves, killed at least eight people and created chaos in the connections in all of north-western Europe destined to have repercussions throughout the day.
Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries were canceled due to strong winds from Eunice, which came less than 48 hours after another disturbance, called Dudley, which had caused at least six deaths on the continent.
In the Netherlands, 4 people died, according to the Dutch emergency services, from falling trees or in accidents during the passage of the storm, which triggered the highest level of alert. In The Hague, dozens of houses have been evacuated for fear of the collapse of a church tower.
In Ireland, the first country affected, a 60-year-old man died in the south-east of the country, according to police. In London, a woman in her thirties was killed in the afternoon by a fallen tree in the car she was traveling in in the passenger seat, and a man in her fifties died near Liverpool in an accident involving debris falling on the vehicle’s windshield on where he was.
In Belgium, a 79-year-old Canadian living on a boat in the Ypres marina died after falling into the water while trying to recover stolen items, local police told AFP.
In England, on the Isle of Wight, an unprecedented gust of 196 km / h was recorded, and others more than 110 km / h inland, including at London Heathrow airport. (HANDLE).