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Major airlines cancel hundreds of flights as Storm Eunice hits the UK, causing chaos for passengers

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Waves crash against the sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse in Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales, as Storm Eunice hits the south coast. Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images
Waves crash against the sea wall and Porthcawl Lighthouse in Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales, as Storm Eunice hits the south coast. Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images
  • Severe winds hit the UK on Friday, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights.
  • British Airways and EasyJet said they've cancelled a number of flights due to Storm Eunice.
  • Many airports have scrubbed flights, including London's Heathrow Airport, which cancelled 100.
  • For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights travelling in and out of the UK as Storm Eunice brought severe winds to the country on Friday.

The Meteorological Office, the UK's national weather service, has issued red warnings across some southern coastal areas in the country. Gusts of wind may reach more than 144 kilometers per hour, which could damage buildings and trees, the agency said.

London Heathrow Airport scrapped more than 100 incoming and outbound flights globally on Friday morning. Meanwhile, London City Airport cancelled more than 50, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

London City Airport announced that all flights going out of the airport were cancelled until 4:30pm Friday afternoon, The Telegraph reported.

At time of publication on Friday, EasyJet had cancelled 44 flights heading in and out of the UK because of the strong winds, an airline spokesperson told Insider.

British Airways (BA) has scrapped at least 80 flights in and out of London airports, The Independent reported.

BA told Insider in a statement that it's expecting "extreme weather conditions at airports" in the UK because of Storm Eunice, which will trigger "significant disruption."

"Safety is our number one priority, and we're cancelling a number of flights," BA said.

Airlines including Aer Lingus and Ryanair did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment, which was made outside of normal US working hours. 

Many train and ferry services have also been cancelled.

The UK's National Rail says on its website that there is major disruption to train journeys across the country and all services in Wales have been cancelled on Friday.

Ferries between Dover, UK, and Calais, France have been suspended because of Storm Eunice, according to ferry tracker Direct Ferries.

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