What happened to O2 Arena? Video shows Storm Eunice damage to London arena roof and panels ripped off by wind

Footage shared on social media shows the roof panels of the O2 Arena in London being ripped off by Storm Eunice

Dramatic video shows parts of the roof of London’s O2 Arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, being “ripped off” as Storm Eunice battered the capital.

Twitter user @BJFHubbard posted a series of videos showing the gradual destruction of the roof today.

Later he tweeted: “Six panels shredded and counting!”

Some of the white covering on the venue could be seen flapping in the strong winds in the footage.

The famous building hosts major events including concerts and features restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema.

The roof of the O2 Arena has been seriously damaged by Storm Eunice (Photo: Twitter / @BJFHubbard)

On its official Twitter account the O2 is described as: “Not just a tent. The world’s most popular music and entertainment venue.”

Visitors can also do a 90-minute climb of the recognisable roof for views of London as part of its Up at the O2 experience.

(Photo: PA)

As Storm Eunice hit the city on Friday morning, witness Mala Sharma told the PA news agency that she had seen parts of the dome damaged.

She said “more and more parts are getting ripped off”, adding “it’s going to be a safety issue for people around”.

Ms Sharma said it happened “right in front of my eyes” and that the damage “started off with a patch” but then a “chunk” of the dome roof ripped off.

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