St Jude's Day Storm: High winds bring down crane on cabinet office in Westminster
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said its staff have all been evacuated
A crane has collapsed on the cabinet office in Westminster after the St Jude's Day Storm battered the capital with high winds and driving rain.
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said its staff have all been evacuated while the extent of the damage caused by the crane is assessed and that none were injured in the incident, which happened at around 6.50am.
"As is the case with many other buildings in storm-affected areas, and despite the necessary preparations, there has been some damage to the Cabinet Office building," she said.
"A crane at the back of the Cabinet Office was dislodged by the storm, and is currently resting on the roof. We are assessing the damage, and the building has been evacuated while we do so.
"Many staff can log on and work flexibly from the Treasury building or from other locations and we are exploring other temporary options.
"We are working hard to ensure the safety of our staff and minimum disruption to operations."
The incident came as a weather system from the Atlantic hammered Britain with high winds. The highest recorded wind speed was on the Isle Of Man, which saw a gust of 99mph.
Elsewhere 220,000 people were left without power after electricity lines came down across the south of England.
- 2 Argentina may change its capital city from Buenos Aires, says president
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
- 5 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Keira Knightley topless: Conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
Sir Paul McCartney makes his stance on Scottish independence known
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- < Previous
- Next >
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Graduate C#.NET Developer (TDD, ASP.NET, SQL) Su...
£30000 - £33000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior SQL DBA...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Web Develop...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...