Storm Eunice latest: Rare red weather warning for London as 100mph winds ‘could sweep people off the streets’
Storm Dudley hits UK as Met Office issues orange weather warning
Winds of up to 100mph could “sweep people off the streets” when Storm Eunice hits tomorrow, an expert has warned.
The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning – its most severe alert – to cover London and the east of England, fearing the storm could be one of the UK’s worst in 30 years.
A separate red warning is in effect for South Wales and the North Coast of South West England from 07:00 GMT.
According to Professor Hannah Cloke, a natural hazards researcher and hydrologist at the University of Reading, even 70mph winds could uproot trees, knock down power lines and “sweep people and vehicles off the streets”.
The army was “on standby” to help, and government ministers held an emergency Cobra meeting, the prime minister said.
Widespread school closures have been announced in Wales and Devon, all rail services in Wales will be suspended and English people have been urged not to travel by rail or road if possible.
The storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions further north and will hit just days after Storm Dudley saw winds and rain sweep across Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and immobilizing trains.
Most schools closed across England
Most schools across England have announced they will be closed as a second storm within a week is expected to hit the UK and make landfall this morning.
More than 170 schools in Cornwall and all schools in Devon, Bristol and Somerse will remain closed on Friday.
In Whales, which is partially covered by a red warning, all councils have announced the closure of most schools.
Schools in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, which are under a snowfall warning, will also remain closed.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 04:48
After London, new red alert for the south and south-east of England
The red weather alert was issued for the South East and East of England, shortly after it was extended to East England, including London.
Extremely strong westerly to south-westerly winds will develop mid-morning Friday and will transfer winds to the south and south-east of England until midday, according to the Met office.
“Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are probably widely, perhaps briefly 80 mph in a few places, mainly on the Channel coasts,” he added.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 04:28
Red warning extended to London and East of England
The Met Office has just extended its red weather warning for London and the east of England
The alert was issued for Friday morning between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This means there is “danger to life” in the areas as the storm is expected to cause “significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday”, the Met Office said.
Under red warning, damage is expected for buildings and homes, with ripped roofs and downed power lines. Life danger is expected from flying debris while road, rail and other transport services are expected to be disrupted.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 04:13
Temporary barrier in Worcestershire
At Beale’s Corner in Bewdley, a temporary barrier with ballast blocks has been installed to reduce the impact of Storm Eunice. Environment Agency staff said the frames had been deployed but the plaques and tarpaulins would be added on Saturday morning after high winds passed.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 04:08
Severe flood alert in 10 areas
The Met Department has issued 10 severe flood warnings, meaning there is “danger to life”.
Warnings have been issued for:
• Epney on the Severn Estuary
• Framilode and Priding on the Severn Estuary
• Frampton, Upper Framilode and Saul on the Severn Estuary
• River Severn at Hempsted
• River Severn at Minsterworth and Stonebench
• River Severn at Sandhurst and Maisemore
• Tidal Severn from Elmore to Rodley
• Westbury, Broadoak and Newnham on the Severn Estuary
• Wye Estuary at Brockweir
• Wye Estuary at Elmdale, Chepstow
Apart from that, no less than 26 warnings are in effect where “flooding is expected” due to the storm.
Flooding is expected from Ayr to Troon, Loch Ryan, South West Rhine and West Luce Bay, among others.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 03:50
Several vaccination centers closed
Amid rare life-threatening warnings as Storm Eunice approaches, some of the Covid-19 vaccination centers are said to be closed across the country on Friday.
Services will be impacted at southern England centers in Aylesbury, Oxford and Reading as they will be closed.
Appointments for these hours will be rescheduled and centers are expected to resume on Saturday.
The drive-thru Covid testing centers at Royal Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch hospitals will also be crap.
Shweta SharmaFebruary 18, 2022 03:33
Travel Interruption: Latest Advice on Airports, Railways and Roads
High winds from Storm Eunice could bring down trees on train lines, potentially causing delays and cancellations, the Rail Delivery Group said.
A Network Rail spokesman said the disruption is “inevitable” and Welsh services will be suspended all day.
The train operator said there will be general speed restrictions of 50mph in most places, with winds forecast to reach 90mph in some areas.
London North East Railway has urged customers with tickets for Friday to travel on Saturday instead or get a refund due to the expected disruption and damage.
Some airports, including Gatwick and Stansted, are advising customers to check the status of their flights with the airlines, while allowing plenty of time to travel.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “People who can work from home tomorrow should definitely do so, and we also urge people not to be tempted to drive to the coast to take pictures of the extreme conditions.”
Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 18, 2022 03:21
Storm Eunice will hit the Netherlands with gusts of 80mph
The UK isn’t the only country on Storm Eunice’s path.
The storm will pass through some of the most densely populated areas in Europe.
It is expected to hit the Netherlands on Friday afternoon with gusts of up to 80 mph, the Dutch meteorological institute said.
He urged people to stay indoors if possible.
KLM, the Dutch branch of the Air France-KLM airline group, has announced that it will cancel nearly 170 flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 18, 2022 2:29 a.m.
Storm Eunice triggers life-threatening warnings with people urged to stay indoors
Storm Eunice has triggered rare life-threatening warnings, with winds expected to exceed 90 mph.
Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said: ‘The whole country will be affected by the extremely strong and damaging winds, which will cause significant disruption.
“People will see significant travel delays and power outages, so you should avoid travel if you can and stay home when the winds reach their highest speeds.
“In the areas covered by the red warning, especially the coastal regions, it is likely that there will be an overflow of the sea, flooding on the roads and houses, trees toppled, tiles coming off the buildings and downed power lines.
“I would advise people to tie things up in their gardens, check for canceled flights – they may not be able to land – and think about traveling by train or car due to traffic or delays or because bridges can be closed.
“Make sure you follow the advice of local authorities and councils, close doors and windows tonight and tomorrow morning and keep your cars locked in garages or away from trees and walls.”
Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 18, 2022 02:02
London Eye and Legoland among attractions closed due to Storm Eunice
Several tourist attractions are temporarily closing across the UK on Friday due to Storm Eunice.
The London Eye, Legoland and a number of parks, museums, gardens and exhibitions will close on Friday amid warnings of ‘life-threatening flying debris’ and ‘damage to buildings and homes, with roofs torn off and downed power lines”.
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Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 18, 2022 01:28