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Terrifying moment tree smashes into moving bus as Storm Eunice wreaks havoc

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This is the dramatic moment a tree tumbles down onto a moving bus and smashes its windshield while Storm Eunice caused nationwide traffic chaos.

Dashcam footage shows the tree falling directly in the path of the bus, heading to Catford Bridge in Bromley, southeast London.

It was filmed driving around a bend past a row of towering trees in blustery conditions, one of which eventually gives way and collapses.

Storm Eunice struck the capital with winds of around 80mph yesterday, but record-breaking gusts of 122mph were recorded in the Isle of Wight.

For the latest storm Eunice updates, visit our live blog: Storm Eunice live

Travellers face another day of chaos today, with many train networks suspending services today, after debris and fallen trees were left lying on the tracks.

The storm left around 400,000 people without power across the UK, while the clean up cost is estimated to be in the region of £360million.

Four people were killed in the British Isles as a result of yesterday’s weather, from falling trees and flying debris.

The 320 for Catford Bridge was hit by a tree in extremely blustery conditions (Picture: SWNS)
Storm Eunice caused traffic chaos across the country yesterday (Picture: SWNS)

A man in his 20s who was a passenger in a pick-up van was killed when a tree landed on the vehicle and crushed it in Alton, Hampshire. The driver, also in his 20s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A woman in her 30s was killed in the London borough of Haringey as a tree fell on top of the car in which she was a passenger.

A man in his 50s also died this afternoon in Netherton, Merseyside after flying debris struck the windshield of the car in which he was a passenger.

The driver was left unhurt and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

Meanwhile a falling tree killed a council worker in County Wexford, Ireland, as he cleared up the debris left behind by the storm.

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. REUTERS/May JamesStorm Eunice tore the roof of the O2 arena to shreds with its high-speed winds (Picture: Reuters)
Terrifying moment tree smashes into moving bus as Storm Eunice wreaks havocThis collapsed 400-year-old oak tree destroyed a family-of-four’s roof in Stondon Massey, near Brentwood, Essex (Picture: PA)

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Tributes have poured in for Billy Kinsella, 59, who died round the corner from his home.

Councillor Fionntan O Suilleabhain, who grew up with the dad-of-one and lived nearby, said the area was in shock.

She continued: ‘People in the area are devastated. It is such a tragedy for his wife Rita and their only child Conor.

‘Billy died in the line of duty while out doing council work and attending the scene of a fallen tree.

‘He died round the corner from where we both live and he died in a manner that makes it most tragic.’

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