First Storm Eunice death as man killed by falling tree while clearing debris

The man, who is in his 60s, died while he was clearing debris caused by the wrath of Storm Eunice in Co Wexford, earlier this morning

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Storm Eunice claimed its first victim today after a man was killed by a falling tree as England recorded 122mph winds.

The man, who is in his 60s, died while he was clearing debris caused by the wrath of Storm Eunice in Co Wexford, Ireland, earlier this morning.

It is understood he was working with a colleague cleaning up tree debris when the tragedy struck, Irish Mirror reports.

Gardai are investigating the incident. The Health and Safety Authority will also be carrying out its own investigation.

A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí and emergency services attended a fatal incident this morning, 18th February 2022 in the Ballythomas area of ​​Co Wexford.

Storm Eunice has caused severe winds and disruption across parts of the UK today
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“It is understood that a man, aged in his 60s, was injured as a result of a falling tree. The man was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

“The body of the man will be removed to Waterford University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place in due course.

“The Health Safety Authority (HSA) have been notified and are due to attend the scene.”

Petrifying moment plane shakes from side to side amid strong Storm Eunice gales
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It comes as Storm Eunice has also brought travel chaos for thousands this morning in the UK as a rare red weather warning has seen some regions declare major incidents.

Rail services across the country have been cancelled, while flights have also been delayed or canceled in airports across the UK.

People are being told to travel only when absolutely necessary.

Roads across the country have been blocked by falling trees and debris, with commuters in parts of the north and Scotland waking up to a blanket of snow.

Several parts of the UK today have seen destruction from trees being torn, the ripping open of London’s O2 arena and even blowing over lorries in 88mph winds.

Shocking footage from the M4 show a lorry being blown over in Wales as parts of the UK is under a ‘danger to life’ rare red alert for wind.

A passer-by takes a photo of a fallen tree on a VW Golf in London
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People have been advised to stay home as Storm Eunice barrels over parts of the UK.

The storm has brought 122mph winds, the strongest ever recorded in England, the Met Office has confirmed.

The Needles on the Isle of Wight recorded the unprecedented wind gust this morning, according to a tweet by the national weather agency.

Just before 11am this morning the Second Severn Crossing was closing because of the conditions – making it the first time both Severn crossings have been shut.

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