Storm Eunice: Met Office Issues Stay Indoors Warning With 100mph Forecast

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Storm Eunice: Met Office Issues Stay Indoors Warning With 100mph Forecast

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The Met Office is encouraging people to stay indoors as Storm Eunice approaches the UK.

If you had any plans to get your hair done in the next few days maybe push it back a few days because one look out of your window will tell you that Britain is currently being battered by some strong winds.

Storm Dudley is currently on its way out after it left thousands without power and caused travel issues for both drivers and train passengers, but there's not too much time to recover because Storm Eunice is set to move in tomorrow, February 18.

The Met Office has issued a 'stay indoors' warning for the approaching storm, with winds reaching 100mph in parts of Wales and expectations of power cuts, damage to homes, coastal flooding and travel issues.

Much of England and Wales is covered with an Amber warning from the Met, which notes that there could be 'significant disruption due to extremely strong winds on Friday' and 'a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life'.

The weather service adds: 'Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down. Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights. There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur.'

BBC weather presenter Sabrina Lee has said tomorrow is 'not a day to venture out' as Eunice arrives, adding: 'We're still keeping an eye on the track of the storm. There is the potential for some areas to be included in a red wind warning. These sorts of warnings are rare.'

Residents in Wales are expected to be affected by Storm Eunice from 3.00am until 9.00pm on Friday, with Lee adding: 'For inland areas there is the potential for gusts 60-70mph, possibly up to 90-100mph for some coastal locations.'

Natural Resources Wales has warned there is the potential for 'many' flood warnings across coastal areas. Duty tactical manager Ross Akers told BBC News that 'high winds could cause a storm surge and large waves which could lead to the overtopping of flood defences along the coast'. Akers assured that the situation is being monitored 'very closely'.

It comes after Northern Powergrid announced yesterday that 14,000 customers had been affected by power cuts in northern England as a result of Storm Dudley, but that 10,000 have been reconnected. The electrical distribution company worked through the night to help restore power to those who were still without, but warned the 'peak is still ahead of us' with Storm Eunice on the way.

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Topics: News, Weather, UK News, Life

Emily Brown
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