Isle of Wight records 122mph wind gust

Isle of Wight records 122mph wind gust

Storm Eunice: England records highest ever wind speed with 122mph gust in  Isle of Wight as storm wreaks havoc


A wind gust of 122mph has been recorded on the Isle of Wight in what is thought to be a new record for England, the Met Office said.

The squall was reported at The Needles on the Isle of Wight; as millions of Britons were urged to stay at home as Storm Eunice hit the UK.

Extreme weather leaves more than 100,000 homes without power; and forces schools and businesses to shut, while also causing major travel disruption with road closures; and the cancellation of train services, flights and ferry sailings.

Until now the record for a low-level location in England, had been 118mph at Gwennap Head in Cornwall on 15 December 1979.

The strongest gust ever recorded in the UK was 173mph at Cairngorm summit in the Highlands of Scotland in 1986.

Weather alerts were issued nationwide – including rare red warnings for wind – as the Met Office cautioned “significant gusts” could lead to flying debris endangering lives.


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