Storm Ellen: Tree falls in Harrow due to strong winds

Strong winds have caused a tree to fall.

The tree can be seen ripped from its roots at the junction with Waverley Road and Yeading Road in Harrow.

The photo was taken this morning by Sunil Luthra.

Met Office issued a yellow warning for strong winds for England and Wales.

The warning, which is in place until 6pm tonight, was extended yesterday to include the East and South East of England.

Harrow today was hit with wind gusts of up to 43mph, according to the weather service.

The windy weather is due to the remnants of Storm Ellen, which battered western parts of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Almost 194,000 homes and businesses in Ireland were hit by power cuts and roads were blocked with fallen trees after the storm swept across the country, with Britain escaping the worst of it.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said it was “unusual” to have such stormy weather this time of year and emphasised its warnings were issued based on the potential impact of conditions.

She said: “If we had this set-up say in January or February we probably wouldn’t be issuing a warning, because 40, 50, 60 mphs on the coast isn’t going to do much damage.”

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But she added: “This time of year, when the trees are in full leaf they can be uprooted a lot more easily.”

Ms Salter continued: “Corona aside, there’s a lot of holidaymakers out, people in tents, it’s the weekend, there’s going to be a lot of traffic on the road, a lot of people camping… that’s why we’ve got the warning out.”

Emergency services have urged the public to take extra care in the windy conditions, particularly along the coast where many people are enjoying August beach breaks.

The stormy weather comes a week after areas in Hertfordshire, London and west Essex experienced extreme flooding.

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