Kingston hit by Storm Eunice

Kingston was battered by Storm Eunice on Friday with winds of up to 70 miles an hour causing disruption to travel and uprooting a large tree that crashed into a residential street in Teddington.

The Met Office issued a Red Weather Warning throughout the southwest of the country, which took the brunt of the storm, as well as central and southeast London.

Residents said a large tree had fallen at around 11am and was blocking Teddington Park Road A309, which is on the Kingston bus route.

Travel was disrupted including all southwestern railway services which were suspended due to obstructions on the tracks.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Please stay at home, do not take risks and do not travel unless absolutely essential.”

Kingston Council issued warnings and advice: “Residents and businesses are advised to follow Met Office advice and to not travel unless absolutely necessary during the red alert period.”

Covid test sites across London are currently closed and power cuts are to be expected. Kingston residents are also encouraged to stay away from the Thames riverside.

More than 400 flights from or within the UK were cancelled according to analytics firm Cirium. Videos were shared of planes struggling to land at Heathrow airport.

Evening Standard Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “[It could be] one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.”

Kingston Council has activated their Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide shelter for people sleeping rough. Contact them on 02085475003 if you require aid.

To report an incident to Kingston Council, call 020 8547 5000 (9-5pm) or 020 8547 5800 (out of hours).

For tree issues, call 020 8547 5002 (9-5pm) or 020 8547 5003 (out of hours).

In an emergency call 999.

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