Storm Eunice rush hour chaos as roof rips off and crashes onto station tracks

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Storm Eunice continues to wreak havoc as devastating winds cause rush hour chaos across the UK.

A roof at Banbury train station was filmed being torn from a building and dramatically blown onto the platform and railway where it crashed down into countless pieces.

The roof of Preston Station in Lancashire has also been reported ripped from its structure by the strong gusts of Storm Eunice.

Network Rail shared footage filmed by Chiltern Railway at Banbury, Oxfordshire to serve a reminder as to why services have been cancelled on Friday.

They tweeted: "Another severe example of why many services across Britain have been cancelled today.

"Footage captured by @chilternrailway shows why they've had to suspend services. The roof of a building blew onto tracks at #Banbury.

"Do not travel today."

Many Brits who defied advice against travelling on Friday have found out first hand why the Met Office had issued a serious weather warning.

Several Twitter users claim the roof of Preston's historic railway station has also been lifted.

A spokesman for Northern Rail told the Daily Star that they are working to provide an update.

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One person tweeted: "Preston train station roof collapsed while I’m 4 minutes away from it on the train!!"

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive at industry body Rail Delivery Group, said: "Storm Eunice is causing widespread damage and we’ve had to respond by closing lines to keep our customers and staff safe.

"We’re telling people not to travel today and instead to claim a fee-free refund or use their ticket over the weekend. We are urging people to continue to check before they travel as we clear up after the storm."

Railway structures are far from the only buildings in the UK to have been stripped of their roof tops on Friday.

London's O2 has been photographed missing much of its roof while a video has gone viral on social media of the spire being blown off St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset.

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Aircraft travel in the UK has been heavily impacted by high winds as documented by the Youtuber behind Big Jet TV who has had the nation glued to his live stream at Heathrow Airport.

Two red warnings have been issued by the Met Office, one for South Wales and South West England, and another in London and the South East.

The last time such an alert was given, three Brits were killed in brutal conditions back in November 2021 during Storm Arwen.

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