The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight has recorded a wind speed of 125.4mph today (Friday) – the highest gust ever recorded in England.
At 11:00 this morning a gust of 122mph was recorded with the Met Office provisionally declaring it the highest gust ever recorded in England. However, just 36 minutes later, that record-breaker was topped with a gust of 125.4mph – 109 knots.
The previous record was 118mph at Gwennap Head, Cornwall on 15th December 1979 – over 40 years ago.
Storm Eunice is continuing to batter the Isle of Wight with a red weather warning in force until late this afternoon. All ferries, buses and trains are suspended and many roads are closed. You can follow live updates at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/live-updates-hurricane-strength-storm-eunice-hits-the-isle-of-wight/.
Unsurprisingly, a webcam situated at The Needles has taken a battering – although it remains online…
Another webcam at nearby Alum Bay is faring better and shows the scene in the Western Solent…
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