Storm Eunice battered Britain yesterday, with extreme winds causing devastation across the country.
Gales of 122mph were recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight, a new record for England which beats the 118mph gust recorded at Gwennap Head in Cornwall in December 1979.
At least four people are believed to have died and hundreds more injured after flying debris, falling trees and broken buildings brought an extreme danger to life.
One of them is a woman from Muswell Hill whose tragic cause of death has shocked the nation.
Breaking: A woman in her 30s has died in north London during Storm Eunice. A tree collapsed from Highgate Woods and hit a car on Muswell Hill Road. Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Full story to follow. pic.twitter.com/XXAn8IVv66
— LondonWorld (@LondonWorldCom) February 18, 2022
Woman dies in Muswell Hill
A woman in her 30s has died after a tree fell on a car in Muswell Hill Road, Highgate, due to the 70mph winds.
She was a passenger in the vehicle when a tree beside the road collapsed in North London.
The accident occurred shortly after 4pm and was the country’s first confirmed fatality from the storm.
A man, also in his 30s, was driving the car and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. However, the extent of his injuries are unknown.
Tributes to her flood Twitter
The woman’s name has not been revealed, but tributes to her are flooding social media.
Mayor of Haringey Adam Jogee said
Alexandra Park Parish in North London lit a candle in her memory:
The saddest of news from Haringey this evening.
I send my deepest condolences, and those of all our people, to the family and friends of the woman who lost her life in #MuswellHill.
May her memory be a blessing.
— Adam Jogee (@AJogee) February 18, 2022
A resident in Haringey wrote:
There were three other fatalities
To public knowledge, there have been at least three other deaths from Storm Eunice.
A man in County Wexford, Ireland, who worked for Wexford County Council and was clearing a collapsed tree, was killed by another falling tree.
Our commiserations and best wishes with the family and friends of the woman killed on Muswell Hill Road when a tree fell on her car. It has been bad here today but this has shocked our proudly tree-filled suburb just a week or so after a near miss on Colney Hatch.
— Neil W (@win_n10) February 18, 2022
In Netherton, Merseyside, a man in his 50s was killed when debris struck the windscreen of his vehicle.
Another man in his 20s also passed away after his car collided with a tree in Alton, Hampshire.