Eunice storm: Asda store evacuated after roof comes off


An Asda store was evacuated after its roof was blown off by Storm Eunice

Merthyr Tydfil hypermarket was evacuated on Friday afternoon (February 18) after its roof was damaged by high winds, and amid fears it could be completely blown away.

Video from the scene shows part of the roof billowing in the strong wind – which has reached speeds of nearly 90mph in parts of Wales – as customers take shelter from the hail in the car park. You can read the latest news on Storm Eunice here.

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The supermarket remains closed following the evacuation, but is expected to reopen when it is safe to do so. It could be later Friday night or Saturday morning as the staff are constantly reassessing the situation. Further weather warnings remain in place for Wales for Friday evening and Saturday.

It was just one of many places affected by the storm, with a school having parts of its roof ripped off, lorries overturned on the M4 and plenty of other carnage.

Some shoppers said they were blocked from entering the store as it was evacuated, while shopping carts were also reportedly set up as barriers to keep people out.

The roof was blown away by the strong wind

One person told WalesOnline: ‘I was turned away at the entrance to the store by the staff in the car park. They were very helpful but looked extremely cold.’

An Asda spokesperson said: “Recent bad weather has caused damage to areas of our Merthyr Tydfil store which means that for safety reasons we have temporarily closed.

“Our colleagues are working hard to get the store reopening as soon as possible and we want to thank our customers for their understanding.”

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