Millions of people have been urged to stay home all day because of safety concerns over the effects of Younes, one of the worst hurricanes to hit the UK in a generation.
Thames Valley police say a man has been confirmed dead by Irish police in Wexford County, while a member of the public is in hospital with serious injuries after debris fell from a roof in Hanley on Thames.
The Wexford County Council issued a statement following the death of a man in a tree fall: “We are deeply saddened that Wexford County Council confirms that the One of our employees was fatally injured in the crash. “
A spokesman added: “The accident happened as the employee was walking to the scene of a fallen tree in the North Wexford area.
The employee’s family, N. Garda Seuchna and the Health and Safety Authority have been notified.
Scotland weather: Hurricane warning at 80 mph for Sunday
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s family, co-workers and friends in this difficult time.”
Tens of thousands of homes have lost power, flights, trains and ferry services have been suspended, and roads, schools and businesses have been shut down because of speeds of more than 120 mph in the most exposed areas. Record-breaking jolts have been recorded.
Two red weather warnings have been issued in England, with weather warnings in most parts of the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “We should all follow the advice and take precautions to stay safe.”
Winds of 122 miles per hour have been temporarily recorded on the Needles on the Isle of Wight, which, if confirmed, would be the highest recorded in England.
Across the UK, but especially in the most affected areas, people have been told to stay indoors.
As of 1 p.m., more than 140,000 homes were without electricity, most of them in southwestern England, Western Power Distribution said.
Many routes on the transport network were closed.
Wind speeds forced both the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge to close to traffic in Wales, which is believed to be the first time in history that the line connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire has been closed. The Humber Bridge closed at 1:30 p.m.
Train operators across the UK have urged passengers to refrain from traveling on Fridays as many areas have emergency speed limits of 50mph, with no trains running all day in Wales.
P&O Ferries suspended all flights between Dover and Calais, while dozens of flights were canceled and hundreds delayed at UK airports.
Elsewhere, the Royal Mail said it had “no choice” but to suspend deliveries and close delivery offices in some parts of the country due to security concerns.
Another weather warning has been issued for Scotland, with the Met Office issuing a severe yellow severe weather warning for most parts of the country except the extreme north from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon.
Winds can reach up to 80 miles per hour.