A HUGE crane collapsed in South West London this evening after the massive structural snapped in high winds as Britain was battered by monster 80mph gales and flooding.
The crane appeared to “snap in half” as it crashed into a building in Kingston at around 4.30pm today. Emergency crews were scrambled to the scene but there are not believed to be any injuries. The Met Police confirmed residents close to the development have been evacuated “as a precaution”.
One witness claimed the crane appeared to “snap in half” as it partially collapsed.
The building is on the same site that was evacuated earlier this year after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was discovered there.
Kingston University Faculty Support Officer Helen Miller told the Surrey Comet: “There are fire engines and police cars there and they have cordoned the road off now.”
It came as the Met Office issued four weather warnings across most of northern England and Scotland as the UK braces itself for a battering before Thursday’s election.
Earlier this year, the site where the crane was situated was evacuated after an unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered.
The Met Police added in a statement: “Emergency services are on the scene. At this early stage, there are no reported injuries.
“A number of local residents have been evacuated as a precaution.”
The highest wind recorded today was 78mph in Capel Curig, Wales as the Met Office warned of flooding to homes and business in Scotland.
Up to 100mm of rain is also set to fall across parts of the Northern England in just nine hours – two thirds the monthly average – with the bad weather causing travel chaos.
Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “It is going to be pretty windy.
“We would advise people to take care and be aware of windy conditions.
“There will be some disruption to transport.”
A yellow wind warning has been issued across much of England and Scotland, with forecasters warning that strong gusts are likely to cause delays on the rail networks and roads for rush-hour commuters.
Earlier reports suggested Storm Brendan would descend, but the Met Office said there will not be enough of an impact from the winds to warrant a name.
Yellow weather warnings are in place for wind and rain across the north of England and southern Scotland.
The Met Office has also issued a severe weather warning for ice across parts of Scotland today and tomorrow.