Storm Eunice swept across Watford in February leaving a trail of damage and chaos in its wake.

Our latest look back at 2022 recalls when a red weather warning was issued for our region.

Eunice struck at its worst on February 18, bringing down countless trees and saw roofs blown off properties, and major disruption on the railway after wind speeds hit 70mph in some areas.

Watford Observer: Storm Eunice damage Storm Eunice damage (Image: UGC)

No one was killed in the storm in Hertfordshire but a man was seriously injured after a tree fell on his van in Moor Park.

UK Power Networks, which covers large parts of the east and south east, said the storm caused "significant damage" to the electricity network due to strong winds and flying debris, causing a months’ worth of damage to the network in just one day.

Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said Eunice was one of the worst storms in decades in the UK.

Watford Observer: A red warning for windA red warning for wind (Image: Met Office)

Elsewhere in February, there was celebration as a Watford FC-themed mural was unveiled in the town.

The subway connecting Vicarage Road with the town centre was given a new lease of life with a series of artwork paying tribute to Hornets legends including Luther Blissett and Sir Elton John.

The display coincided with the club’s ‘100 Years at the Vic’ celebrations, as well as Watford Borough Council’s centenary year.

Watford Observer: The unveiling of the subway mural The unveiling of the subway mural (Image: Sol Tomlinson)

Ex-player Nigel Gibbs, who attended the unveiling, said: “Watford Football Club has a long and proud tradition of serving its community and has established a reputation as the ‘Original Family Club’, something I felt keenly having followed in the footsteps of my father Dennis, who served the club as a scout and youth coach.

“The mural showcases the club and town’s sense of community by improving the subway, as well as highlighting those players who had an ever-lasting effect on both.”

Read more: Watford legends unveil new Hornets themed subway

There was disappointment for campaigners in Croxley Green after plans to build 160 homes were given the green light.

The redevelopment of Killingdown Farm in Little Green Lane is going ahead after a refusal by Three Rivers District Council was overturned by a government-appointed planning inspector.

More than 2,500 people had signed a petition to stop the development.

Read more: Killingdown Farm plans approved following appeal

Watford Observer: Killingdown Farm in Croxley GreenKillingdown Farm in Croxley Green (Image: Google Street View)

Over in Bovingdon, police busted a cannabis factory with an estimated street value of over half a million pounds.

Police say a total of 851 cannabis plants were discovered in a property in Chipperfield Road on February 14.

Watford Observer: The cannabis factory discovered in BovingdonThe cannabis factory discovered in Bovingdon (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

PC Juliette Cohen, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s operational support group, said at the time: “We are pleased that we have prevented this substantial amount of class B drugs from getting onto the streets and causing misery to lives. Cannabis factories are often linked to the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable.”

And more housing is on the cards in an area of West Watford after plans to expand the Ascot Road development were unveiled.

The 24-storey tower that has been completed stands as the town’s tallest building to date and the total 485-home development across various buildings could be joined by another 311 homes.

Developer Cortland says phase 2 would “complete the regeneration” of Ascot Road but no planning application has been submitted as of yet.