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Storm Eunice in pictures: Trees toppled, branches broken, brick walls blown over, fences flattened and sheds shredded in Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Stansted



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Strong winds caused damage and disruption for residents and motorists as Storm Eunice swept through the Indie area.

Fallen trees and large branches blocked roads, footpaths and, in one case, access to a car park for occupants of a flats complex in Bishop's Stortford, Spellbrook, Sawbridgeworth, High Wych, Much Hadham, Stansted/Elsenham and Great Hallingbury among other places.

Gusts of up to 70mph have also blown over brick walls, flattened garden fences and ripped the roof off a shed and the side off a summerhouse – and trampolines were lifted over garden fences at at least two locations in Stortford.

A beech tree blocks Pig Lane. Picture: Jamie Halford (54982183)
A beech tree blocks Pig Lane. Picture: Jamie Halford (54982183)

By 2.30pm Hertfordshire County Council's highways team had received more than 175 reports of fallen trees and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had received over 100 calls to unsafe structures and fallen trees.

Hundreds of homes and other properties in Bishop's Stortford, Much Hadham, Burton End, Little Hallingbury, Hatfield Heath and Takeley suffered power cuts.

Greater Anglia suspended all trains on its network, including the West Anglia line from Liverpool Street to Cambridge through Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford and Stansted, as a result of damage, which included a fallen branch starting a fire in an overhead cable on the railway line beside Sworder's Field. It says "some or even all services may remain suspended for the rest of today and potentially into tomorrow [Saturday]".

A tree fell onto the electric lines above the railway track at Castle Park, starting a fire and causing the cables to fall down shortly afterwards. Firefighters were on the scene within about three minutes
A tree fell onto the electric lines above the railway track at Castle Park, starting a fire and causing the cables to fall down shortly afterwards. Firefighters were on the scene within about three minutes

The Bishop's Stortford area was included in a Met Office red 'danger to life' warning – the highest level – for wind. The alert covered London, the South East and parts of the East of England from 10am to 3pm, and warned of significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong gusts of up to 80mph.

Residents were told to expect flying debris; damage to homes and other buildings, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down; roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with cancellations and delays to trains, buses and flights; and power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

The mayor of Bishop's Stortford, Cllr Keith Warnell, posted: "Strong enough gust here to blow a Clio wheel off of the car cover!"

This wall, built in 1976, came down at Stort Lodge, near the top of Hadham Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Richard McEnery (54989554)
This wall, built in 1976, came down at Stort Lodge, near the top of Hadham Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Richard McEnery (54989554)
A fallen tree blocking the entrance to Cedar Court off Lindsey Road, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Tony Claxton
A fallen tree blocking the entrance to Cedar Court off Lindsey Road, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Tony Claxton
A trampoline bounced by Storm Eunice out of someone's garden and onto the path at the foot of Warwick Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Katie Munro (54991292)
A trampoline bounced by Storm Eunice out of someone's garden and onto the path at the foot of Warwick Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Katie Munro (54991292)
Wall down at Stort Lodge, just off Hadham Road. Picture: Richard McEnery (54989552)
Wall down at Stort Lodge, just off Hadham Road. Picture: Richard McEnery (54989552)
This tree came down in a front garden in Proctors Way, off Pig Lane. Picture: Melody (54991643)
This tree came down in a front garden in Proctors Way, off Pig Lane. Picture: Melody (54991643)
A trampoline at the side of Stansted Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Adam Golebiewski (54991379)
A trampoline at the side of Stansted Road in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Adam Golebiewski (54991379)
Tree down on Norfolk Way, off Havers Lane. Picture: Richard Astley
Tree down on Norfolk Way, off Havers Lane. Picture: Richard Astley
A fence down in The Aspens. Picture: Becky Lou (54988561)
A fence down in The Aspens. Picture: Becky Lou (54988561)
The tree blocking Pig Lane. Picture: Miranda Scott (54983602)
The tree blocking Pig Lane. Picture: Miranda Scott (54983602)
The Thorley Park-Havers bus lane footpath blocked by fallen branches. Picture: David James (54989838)
The Thorley Park-Havers bus lane footpath blocked by fallen branches. Picture: David James (54989838)
Mark Wilds' family now share a garden with their neighbours at St Michael's Mead after winds snapped four posts and four fence panels
Mark Wilds' family now share a garden with their neighbours at St Michael's Mead after winds snapped four posts and four fence panels
A fallen tree opposite Hilton Suzuki on the A1184 at Spellbrook. Picture: Ana Gabriela Spineanu (54991535)
A fallen tree opposite Hilton Suzuki on the A1184 at Spellbrook. Picture: Ana Gabriela Spineanu (54991535)
A tree blocking the main A1184 London Road, between Sawbridgeworth and Harlow. Picture: Peijie Zhu (54989766)
A tree blocking the main A1184 London Road, between Sawbridgeworth and Harlow. Picture: Peijie Zhu (54989766)
Sheering Lower Lane blocked by a fallen fir. Picture: Peijie Zhu (54989768)
Sheering Lower Lane blocked by a fallen fir. Picture: Peijie Zhu (54989768)
A fallen tree being cut up to clear Much Hadham High Street. Picture: Andy Yearsley (54985200)
A fallen tree being cut up to clear Much Hadham High Street. Picture: Andy Yearsley (54985200)
A trampoline blown into a field in High Wych (54980592)
A trampoline blown into a field in High Wych (54980592)
The road between Stansted and Elsenham (54981104)
The road between Stansted and Elsenham (54981104)
The road between Stansted and Elsenham (54981102)
The road between Stansted and Elsenham (54981102)
Chris Forster lost a side of his summerhouse in Manuden (54988567)
Chris Forster lost a side of his summerhouse in Manuden (54988567)
Val and Carl Waring lost their shed roof in Great Hallingbury (54988565)
Val and Carl Waring lost their shed roof in Great Hallingbury (54988565)


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