Storm Eunice has torn the O2 Arena roof to shreds, as red weather warnings, signalling a risk to property and life, continue to cause disruption across the UK
Red weather warnings were issued this morning (18 February), as wind gusts reached the highest level recorded in England at 122mph.
Red Weather Warnings are rarely issued by the Met Office, with the last one coinciding with Storm Arwen in November 2021.
Fears have begun to rise as Eunice has torn through the iconic Millennium Dome, with a video posted on Twitter on Friday showing severe damage to its roof.
GREENWICH: Roof of the 02 Arena has been badly damaged by the wind. pic.twitter.com/3JctdtE3uL
— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) February 18, 2022
The Millennium Dome, originally constructed by a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing Management in 2000, is a giant big top structure, supported by a dome-shaped cable network, from twelve king posts.
The canopy is made of PTFE-coated glass fibre fabric, a durable and weather-resistant plastic.
The 52 metre Dome is estimated to cost around £28.7m and is a key feature of the O2.
Eye witnesses are reporting continued damage:
the O2 arena is finished pic.twitter.com/koH8F4WmSI
— M (@mobzw) February 18, 2022
— Kevin Edger (@KEdge23) February 18, 2022
This is a massive shame. I hope it gets repaired. The millennium dome may have been a white elephant but the O2 is a world class arena and entertainment venue. A complete change in its fortunes, great for the area. Long may it remain so. Some replies!! 🤦🏻
— John Park (@johnparkdrums) February 18, 2022