Thursday, 23 February 2017

Storm Doris 'weather bomb' brings 95mph winds


A woman has died as Storm Doris continues to bring gale-force winds and heavy snow to parts of Britain.
The woman was hit by a piece of debris outside Starbucks in Dudley Street, Wolverhampton city centre, just before midday.

She suffered serious head injuries from what one witness described as debris "about the size of a coffee table".

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray MacGregor added: "Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene."

The coffee chain said it was "shocked and saddened" by the death.

Mr MacGregor told Sky News that it had been "an excessively busy day" for the region's ambulance crews, with "three or four" cars hit by trees but nobody seriously hurt.

He added: "Equally we've had a number of elderly people blown over by the wind - one has had to go to hospital but the rest, thankfully, have not been seriously hurt."

Earlier in the day, the Met Office warned that the storm had undergone "Explosive Cyclogenisis" as it deepened, transforming it into a "weather bomb".

Winds of up to 75mph were reported in Ireland where some 37,000 households are without power due to more than 900 faults, said ESB Networks.

London Euston was among the railway stations dealing with delays and cancellations, with Virgin Trains advising passengers to postpone their travel until Friday due to the storm.

A tree which has fallen onto a house in Bilston Road in Aigburth, Liverpool, as Storm Doris battered swathes of the country

Traffic on the M80 near Falkirk during early morning snowfall, as flights have been cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast of England on February 23, 2017 as Storm Doris hits the country

SKY    News.