As Storm Eunice pounded Britain with record wind speeds and stunning waves on Friday, more than 3.3million viewers watched a biting live video of planes making impressive bumpy landings in the UK capital .
In a YouTube live stream that began eight hours ago, Big Jet TV presenter Jerry Dyer follows the path of several pilots, from those flying with British Airways to Emirates, as they land at the London Heathrow airport in the midst of a storm which has so far been responsible for ‘temporarily the strongest gust on record in England’, according to the weather office.
The presenter’s quick commentary keeps viewers transfixed as he analyzes everything from the pilots’ sudden descents to their skillful landings, while powerful winds can be heard whipping aggressively in the background.
His entertaining style includes cheeky compliments like “Watch those wings flex, man” and “Slice of cake!” as he watches the pilots make particularly difficult landings on the airstrip.
“There are a lot of nervous passengers there right now,” he laughs as a plane zigzags through the air.
Another plane is seen hanging on its side as it crashes onto the airstrip, with the plane’s left side wheels sending sparks flying through the air before the right side hits the ground. “Calm down, my son! Dyer comically warns in the background.
Occasionally, Dyer is also heard shouting encouragement like “Come on, son!” and “You got it, mate”, as planes stagger against the high winds.
His sportscasting style also includes moments of genuine appreciation. “We have some very brave pilots, I must say,” remarks Dyer, as airline captains cruise in gusts of up to 141 kilometers per hour.
Storm Eunice, knocking out power to more than 140,000 homes in England and 80,000 homes and businesses in Ireland, is responsible for millions of people currently crammed into their homes, forced to take shelter.
As waves of baffling height crashed against Britain’s west coast, London was placed under its first-ever ‘red’ alert, a warning level that indicates the weather event poses a ” danger to life”.
Flights, trains and ferries across Western Europe have also been severely disrupted due to Storm Eunice, while four people have been reported dead so far in the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium.