Storm Eunice: Live updates as thousands of Leeds homes without power, travel disrupted and buildings damaged

Storm Eunice has caused travel chaos on the roads, on the railway and in the skies above Leeds as flights were grounded and incoming planes were forced to divert.

By Alex Grant
Friday, 18th February 2022, 7:52 pm

Thousands of homes in the city have been hit by power cuts, while others have been damaged by the force of the winds seen this afternoon and in the early evening. Follow our live blog below and refresh the page for the latest updates.

Flight FR2333 from Krakow lands in strong winds at Leeds Bradford Airport. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Storm Eunice: Power cuts, Leeds flights diverted, cladding blown off building

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The latest from the fallen tree scene in Farsley:

Police are now at the scene. Photo provided by Nicola Lawson.

Trees on the track at Leeds station:

Another fallen tree - this time in Otley:

More fallen trees blocking roads across Leeds:

Farsley resident Nicola Lawson shared dramatic photographs of a fallen tree in in The Gardens.

She said: “‘Tree is down on The Gardens and has taken out phone lines and telegraph pole/lines are blocking Farfield Avenue, please use a different route for now.

“We are blocking the road with cars but the telegraph pole is split in two and threatening to come down into Farfield Avenue, all the wires are all over the road.”

It comes after a road was blocked in Armley due to another fallen tree.

The tree is blocking both Heights Way and Albany Terrace.

First Bus confirmed that the 15 service is diverting in both directions.

Elsewhere, Flyer Buses confirmed that the A3 service cannot run on cemetery road in Yeadon due to a fallen tree.

The A3 service will operate via high street both directions.

Police are in attendance at the scene.

Storm Eunice is causing more chaos in Leeds as trees continue to fall due to the strength of the winds.

Flight bound for Leeds Bradford Airport from Lanzarote forced to divert due to winds

A flight originally bound for Leeds Bradford Airport from Lanzarote has been forced to divert due to strong winds.

Road blocked in Armley due to fallen tree

A road is blocked in Armley due to a fallen tree.

The tree is blocking both Heights Way and Albany Terrace.

First Bus confirmed that the 15 service is diverting in both directions.

The bus company said: “Heights Way/Albany Terrace is blocked due to a fallen tree.

“Services 15 are diverting via Wortley Road, Whingate, Tong Road, Pudsey Road and Greenthorpe Road in both directions.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

Photo taken by Louise Baines:

London Fire Brigade declares a “major incident”

London Fire Brigade has declared a “major incident” due to the volume of 999 calls over Storm Eunice.

The brigade said on Twitter: “We have declared a major incident in response to the volume of 999 calls being taken about #StormEunice related incidents.

“Firefighters are still meeting the needs of our communities, but declaring a major incident allows us to focus our resources.

“We’ve introduced batch mobilisation, meaning calls where there is a risk to life are prioritised and crews then attend other calls as non-emergencies when they can.

“Control took 550 calls between 1030 and 1300 – more than the average number usually taken in a 24-hour period.”

The Environment Agency’s executive director of operations, John Curtin, said approximately 18,000 homes had been protected by flood defences during Storm Eunice.

Speaking to reporters beside demountable defences along the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire, Mr Curtin said: “With Storm Eunice our biggest concern was the tidal risk.

“We had high tides, plus Storm Eunice pushing a surge up.

“It hit the South West first, it’s now rolling across the south coast… but luckily our defences have held it back and we think about 18,000 homes have been protected by Environment Agency defences.”

M1 closed between Wakefield and Morley due to overturned lorries

The #M1 is CLOSED northbound between J39 (#Wakefield) to J41 (#Morley) due to two overturned lorries.

Ouse Bridge between J36 and J37 closed

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