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Storm Eunice batters UK, killing several people

Saeed Pourreza

Press TV, London

Cleaning up the mess left behind by storm Eunice that battered UK this week. With record speeds of nearly 200km per hour, much of the country felt the force of the storm’s temper.

In Scotland, it brought heavy snowfall. In other parts, rooftops peeled away as easily as opening a tin can, Railway travel was disrupted. Planes struggled to land. Iconic landmarks were damaged.

The capital London issued its first ever Red warning for severe weather. Here too authorities asked residents not to leave home. Still, there were at least 3 deaths. One was a woman in her 30s traveling in a car with a man of the same age here in north London, when a falling tree landed on their vehicle, killing her and sparing her partner.

Eunice knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of households on the storm’s path. More than 200,000 homes are still without power. The government had already been warned the UK lacks the resilience to deal with storms, particularly in terms of electricity infrastructure. Here in London, there's a sense of fear of what’s to come next.

Eunice was predicted to be the worst storm in 30 years and certainly won't be the last. The clear-up phase is well underway now, but the wider debate about the state of the UK's resilience against storms is only just gathering pace.

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