UK Will Need Up to £500m to Recover as Eunice Kills Four, Leaves 200,000 Homes Without Power

© REUTERS / MAY JAMESThe white-domed roof of the O2 arena is seen damaged by the wind, as a red weather warning was issued due to Storm Eunice, in London, Britain, February 18, 2022
The white-domed roof of the O2 arena is seen damaged by the wind, as a red weather warning was issued due to Storm Eunice, in London, Britain, February 18, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.02.2022
Four people are dead, thousands of homes are without power, trees have been upended, and transport services have ground to a halt – this is what the UK woke up to on Saturday as recovery efforts got underway after Storm Eunice battered the country.
Storm Eunice, described by weathermen as one of the worst to hit England in decades, has left the country facing a challenging recovery effort that may cost up to £500 million. So far, a total of four people have been killed in the UK and Ireland.
Record-breaking gales of 122mph have been registered on the Isle of Wight, driven by the "once in a century" storm, while the extreme weather has killed a woman in London, a man in Hampshire, and a man in Merseyside. A 59-year-old Wexford County Council employee was also killed while clearing fallen debris on Friday.
A woman walks past a fallen tree on a side street in Fulham during Storm Eunice, in London - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.02.2022
WATCH: Pedestrians Blown Off Their Feet, Knocked Down as Storm Eunice Sweeps Across UK
More than 200,000 homes remain without power, with energy companies working desperately to remedy the situation compounded by toppled trees and debris.
Travel chaos wrought by the weather is set to continue throughout the weekend, with UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps saying that he expected travel disruption for "another day or two."
"Trains are in the wrong locations, there's still debris being removed from our roads," he said.
Furthermore, parts of England are forecast to be hit by up to 8 inches of snow this weekend, as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for heavy snow in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
A yellow wind warning remains for much of the south coast of England and South Wales on Saturday.
According to South Western Railway, it was in the process of clearing more than 40 fallen trees blocking its routes. Saturday afternoon saw some lines reopened on the Great Western Railway, with the Stansted Express suspended until further notice.
Flights at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports are currently mostly back to normal.
Giant waves crash over Souter Lighthouse in South Shields in Tynemouth, England, Friday, March 2, 2018 as extreme weather has continued to wreak havoc across the UK - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
‘Danger to Life’ Warning Issued as Storm Eunice Hits England, Wales
On Friday, coastal areas of southwest England and south Wales, along with southeast England, were on alert after red weather warnings were issued by the Met Office, indicating a danger to life.
Some landmark buildings sustained damage in the storm, with the roof of the O2 Arena in London partially ripped off and the spire of St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset toppled.
More than 430 flights had been cancelled or diverted due to the weather, leaving London City Airport closed for most of the day.
As the London Fire Brigade responded to 1,958 calls on Friday, the service tweeted that fallout from the storm might “extend into the coming days.”
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