Pedestrians have reportedly been injured after parts of a roof collapsed during Storm Eunice and fell onto the street in an Essex town.
Footage from the scene on the corner of Southchurch Road in Southend-on-Sea, near the high street, shows Essex firefighters blocking the road with debris on the pavement.
Reports online say parts of the roof collapsed onto the pavement at the corner of Southchurch Road and Chichester Road.
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Emergency services are present and the road remains closed while crews deal with the incident.
Storm Eunice is currently battering most of the country with winds of up to 80mph in various parts of England.
Earlier today Southend Council closed the town’s High Street for safety reasons and advised all affected businesses to close.
Essex Police confirmed a woman was taken to hospital following the incident.
A spokesperson said: “Our officers have assisted partner agencies – including Southend Borough Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Southend BID and East End Ambulance Service. England – throughout the day to keep people safe during this period of extreme weather in Southend.
“We attended an incident in Chichester Road, Southend, at 12.25pm today, Friday 18th February.
“A woman was taken to hospital for treatment.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called to Southchurch Road in Southend just after 12.15pm today following reports that a woman had fallen from a a balcony which then collapsed.
“An ambulance and an operations officer in a support vehicle were dispatched to the scene. An adult female was taken to Southend University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
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