Storm Eunice aftermath: Live updates on Leeds travel disruption, power cuts and damaged buildings

Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power and widespread disruption to travel services is continuing across the country today in the wake of Storm Eunice.

By Georgina Morris
Saturday, 19th February 2022, 8:01 am
Updated Saturday, 19th February 2022, 8:02 am

A clean-up is set to begin after the storm brought damage, disruption and record-breaking gusts of wind to the UK and Ireland, leading to the deaths of at least four people. Follow our live blog below and refresh the page for the latest Leeds travel updates, weather forecast and more.

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The high winds seen during Storm Eunice tore the clapping of a Leeds building and brought down several trees. Pictures: Rik Worth, Nicola Lawson and Louise Baines

Storm Eunice aftermath: Leeds travel disruption, power cuts and damaged buildings

Last updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2022, 16:12

Road conditions have improved

Delays to buses due to the snow

First snow begins to fall in west Leeds

Hot food for Wetherby residents without power

Northern Powergrid has organised hot food for customers in Wetherby who are still without power this lunchtime.

Weather warnings for more wind on Sunday

The Met Office has two yellow weather warnings in place in Leeds tomorrow, meaning more disruption could be on the horizon.

The first relates to strong winds expected across much of England and Wales, with the warning coming into effect at noon tomorrow and ending at 3pm on Monday.

The second relates to strong winds that are most likely to cause disruption across Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and Irish Sea coasts, particularly tomorrow night. Leeds is covered by this warning too, which starts at noon on Sunday and ends at noon on Monday.

A further yellow warning for heavy rain covers some parts of West Yorkshire and the most western areas of Leeds, but does not cover the whole city. It comes into affect at midnight tonight and runs until 6pm tomorrow.

Clean-up costs could run to more than £300m

Insurers have indicated the clean-up after Storm Eunice could cost more than £30m.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) warned previous similar storms have cost around £360 million in repairs.

An ABI spokesperson said: "It is too early to estimate the likely insured cost of Storm Eunice, when insurers will be focusing on assessing damage, and helping their customers recover.

"No two storms are the same. The last significant storms to hit the UK - Ciara and Dennis - led to insurers paying out over £360 million."

Hour by hour forecast for Leeds

The Met Office is forecasting some heavy rain and sleet later this morning and into the afternoon, with the evening looking dry but cloudy.

10am - Cloudy, 4C

11am - Light rain, 4C

Noon - Heavy rain, 2C

1pm - Sleet, 2C

2pm - Light rain, 2C

3pm - Light rain, 2C

4pm - Overcast, 3C

5pm - Cloudy, 3C

6pm - Cloudy, 4C

7pm - Cloudy, 4C

8pm - Cloudy, 4C

9pm - Cloudy, 4C

10pm - Cloudy, 4C

11pm - Cloudy, 5C

Sunday:

Remaining windy, with gales at times. Heavy rain for much of the day, then blustery wintry showers later. Starting mild, but turning colder later in the day. Maximum temperature 12 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Often windy, with gales possible. Wintry showers at first Monday, these easing with sunny spells developing. Mixture of rain and wintry showers with some sunny spells Tuesday and Wednesday.

Power cuts affecting Leeds residents

As of Friday night, the number of households without power listed by providers was:

  • 6,000 in Northern Powergrid
  • 112,000 in Western Power
  • 260 in Electricity North West
  • 156,000 in UK Power Networks
  • 120,000 in the Scottish & Southern networks

How many homes in Leeds are without power today?

LS12 1YA: Thirty properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is Sunday February 20 at 8.15am.

LS22, LS23: Thirty properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is 6pm today.

LS10, LS14, LS17, LS22, LS9: Fewer than 10 properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is 6pm today.

LS11 8DU: Fewer than 10 properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is noon today.

LS8 3DH: Fewer than 10 properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is 1.30pm today.

LS23 6LQ: Fewer than 10 properties affected. Estimated time for supplies to be restored is 4.30pm today.

What Met Office weather warnings are in place?

While there are currently no weather warnings in place for Leeds, the Met Office has issued a less-severe yellow wind warning for much of the south coast of England and South Wales today.

Areas affected by the warning could experience more bridge closures, travel delays and further power cuts.

Icy stretches are also expected widely across Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with some snow in the regions.

Five flood warnings were also still in place.

Winds of 122mph were provisionally recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight on Friday, which, if verified, would be the highest ever recorded in England.

The previous record was 118mph at Gwennap Head in Cornwall in 1979.

Footage shared online captured planes struggling to land in high winds, damage to the roof of the O2 arena in London, and the spire of St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset, crashing to the ground.

Four people killed during storm

Four deaths in the UK have been confirmed so far as a result of Storm Eunice.

A woman in her 30s died after a tree fell on a car in Haringey, north London, on Friday afternoon, the Metropolitan Police said. It was the first confirmed death in England related to Eunice.

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

Another man in his 20s was killed in Alton, Hampshire, after a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pick-up collided with a tree in Old Odiham Road just before midday.

Earlier, a man in Co Wexford, Ireland, was also killed by a falling tree.

A member of the public suffered "serious injuries" after being struck by debris from a roof in Henley-on-Thames.

Two men were also in hospital after being injured in similar, separate incidents in south London.

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