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