Burns Day storm: Footage shows devastation as storm as bad as Eunice DESTROYED Britain


Burns Day storm: Footage shows devastation as storm as bad as Eunice DESTROYED Britain

Staggering footage of Burns day storm destroying Britain in 1990Storm Eunice is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The Met Office has this morning

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Storm Eunice is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The Met Office has this morning issued a red weather warning — the highest level — for parts of the UK on Friday as Storm Eunice arrives. Parts of south-west England and south Wales have been warned that there is a danger to life from flying debris. Winds could reach 100mph (160.9kmh) on Friday, just days after Storm Dudley caused chaos and left thousands without power.

Meteorologists fear the winds could tear roofs from houses and pull down power lines, while rail operators are urging customers not to travel on Friday once Eunice arrives.

The wide spread of high winds in inland areas has been likened to the infamous Burns Day storm which caused devastation across the UK.

The Burns Day Storm — which began on January 25, 1990 — resulted in winds of 107mph in Aberporth, Wales. It has also been called Cyclone Daria.

Staggering footage from a BBC News broadcast on January 27, 1990 shows the catastrophic damage the storm caused.

Entire roofs were ripped off houses in mid Glamorgan, south Wales. In one clip, the top of what appears to be a block of flats under construction was battered by the wind, blowing into nearby flats.

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Burns' Day Storm

The Burns’ Day Storm ripped the roof off of many houses. (Image: YouTube)

Storm Eunice

Storm Eunice will bring extremely strong winds for much of the UK. (Image: Met Office)

Sylvia Reith told the broadcaster: “The whole lot seemed to come down. Well, I wondered what was happening.

“I thought the top of the house was coming off, actually. Really scared me.”

Approximately three million trees were downed as the storm caused extensive damage.

People were killed in Cornwall when a tree fell on their car, and a policeman lost his life in Winchester too.

A schoolgirl died in Swindon as the roof was ripped from three classrooms, and another died in Clevedon, Somerset when the conservatory collapsed at St Brandon’s School.

Burns Day storm

More than 100 trees were destroyed at Kew Gardens after the Burns Day storm. (Image: PA)

The footage shows a stationary lorry being blown onto its side in the winds as several wrecks littered the motorways.

Roads were blocked for hours and hours, with power to more than 500,000 homes disrupted.

With phone lines down, London’s phone network became jammed, to the point where Telecom issued a plea for emergency calls only.

According to the Met Office, the storm was responsible for 47 deaths here in the UK. Most were caused by collapsing buildings or falling debris.

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Great Storm of 1987

The storm was less powerful than the Great Storm of 1987, but caused more damage. (Image: PA)

The storm cost UK insurers a staggering £3.37billion — more than £8billion in today’s money. It was the most expensive weather event to insurers in British history.

The severe weather also impacted other parts of western Europe, and killed at least 30 people in France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

West Germany, as it was then, and much of England were hit by severe flooding.

Actor Gorden Kaye, star of BBC’s ‘Allo ‘Allo was among those injured. He was critically injured when part of an advertising billboard blew through the windscreen of the car he was driving.

Britain's worst storms

The worst storms to strike the British shores. (Image: Express Newspapers)

He underwent five hours of surgery, which ultimately saved his life. He made a full recovery, but has been left with a permanent dent in his forehead ever since.

Though the 1990 storm was marginally less powerful than its better known predecessor — the Great Storm of 1987 — it caused much greater devastation because it struck during the daytime.

The only positive of the Burns Day Storm, it has been suggested, is that the Met Office were spot on with their forecasting.

Their modelling hinged on observations from two ships in the Atlantic Ocean near where the storm was developing the day before it reached the UK.

The Met Office issued warnings of the severity of the impending storm and of possible structural damage the night before it was due to strike.

Ahead of Storm Eunice arriving, the Met Office has issued weather warnings starting at 3am on Friday and lasting until 9pm.

The Environment Agency has encouraged people to take “extreme care” in coastal areas, and has urged wave watchers against the “unnecessary danger of taking ‘storm selfies’.”

People are also being advised to avoid driving through any potential flood water, as 30cm of flowing water is enough to move a car.