Storm Eunice batters Essex

By Lily Morris & April Norris

Essex is facing the consequences of Storm Eunice, as the UK is battered by 100 mph winds and heavy rain. The Met office has put a red weather warning in place for wind across England.

There is high risk of flying debris, falling trees, downed power lines, and damage to buildings, including roofs blown off of homes.

In Colchester, winds are expected to peak at 73mph. Residents have been asked to take all outdoors belongings inside, including bins and garden waste.

Travel is also restricted; all departures and arrivals at Colchester Town station have been cancelled, as well as every other train at Hythe and the majority of trains at Wivenhoe.

Colchester Zoo is temporarily closed, as well as Colchester Castle, Castle Park, and Colchester Cemetery.

Today, Maldon’s Promenade Park is closed to vehicles, and Southend has seen a temporary closure of waste recycling centres, the pier, and the cancellation of tonight’s LuminoCity festival of light. Parts of Southend high street have been closed. Anglia Ruskin University has closed their Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses to keep students safe.

However, students at the University of Essex seem relatively unfazed. Susana Klebere said that she won’t be staying in, despite the red weather warning and risk to life, “because I’m not that afraid. I don’t know how harsh it’s going to be, so I’m not planning to stay home.”

Student Iulia Varnalil said: “If I see that it’s very dangerous, then I will probably stay home… [The University} told us by email that we are not allowed to open our windows… But the storm doesn’t really frighten me. I don’t really know how I could prepare for the storm.”

This comes as the Met Office is urging people to remain inside unless travel is necessary, and to “make preparations, secure garden furniture and bins, avoid parking near trees and remain cautious”.