Storm Eunice claims first UK lives as high winds batter country

Two people have been killed, with several others injured, as Storm Eunice brought damage, disruption and potentially record-breaking gusts of wind to the UK.

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 has died in Netherton, Merseyside, after debris struck the windscreen of a vehicle he was traveling in, said Merseyside Police.

In a statement, police said: “Officers were contacted at just after 2.10pm to reports that debris had struck the windscreen of a vehicle at Switch Island/Dunningsbridge Road.

“A male passenger in the vehicle was injured. Paramedics attended at the scene but the man, who is in his 50s, was sadly pronounced dead. The male driver of the vehicle was not injured.

“The passenger’s next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by specially trained officers and inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

The Met said officers were called shortly after 4pm to reports of a tree falling on a car in Muswell Hill Road, Haringey, near the junction with South Close.

Officers attended with colleagues from London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.

The passenger in the car – a woman in her 30s – was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said of the incident in Haringey: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the woman who tragically lost her life and the man who was seriously injured in Highgate this afternoon.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all those in the emergency services who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe and urge all Londoners to remain cautious and avoid taking risks as this storm passes.”

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