Storm Eunice is set to clobber the UK on Friday (February 18) in what could be the most violent to hit the country in 30 years with winds reaching a staggering 100mph. Experts are now warning there is a ‘good chance’ flying debris could endanger life as the country is battered by the worst storm since the Burns Day Storm in 1990.
The Burns Day Storm – which started on the birthday of the famed Scottish poet – resulted in wind speeds of 107mph in Aberporth, Wales, on January 25, 1990, The Mirror reports. The Met Office has now issued an amber alert for much of the UK on Friday, just days after Storm Dudley hit the UK, while forecasters could still declare a red alert. It is believed Eunice will bring snowfall and ‘blizzard-like’ conditions – alongside gale-force winds – to some parts of Britain.
Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell told The Mirror: “With the wind gusts we are forecasting at the moment, we’ve only seen a handful of storms in the past 30 years that have brought similar gusts. It’s got the potential to be up there as quite a notable storm. Winds are likely to be 60 to 70mph inland across the south of the UK. It’s quite unusual, we don’t see gusts that high over such a wide area in the south. The Burns Day Storm brought similar gusts.”
Some 47 people lost their lives in the Burns Day Storm, which caused widespread damage across the UK. BBC weather presenter Sabrina Lee said: “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.” Ms Lee added Friday “is not a day to venture out”.
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The outlook is bleak for much of the country and London won’t be able to escape the gusts
(Image: Met Office)
The Met Office has issued an amber weather for most of England on Friday, including London. The alert, which will last from 3am to 9pm on Friday, warned there is a good chance that flying debris could cause a ‘danger to life’. Strong winds will likely rip roofs off homes and down power lines on Friday, according to the Met Office. The amber weather warning predicted winds of up to 100mph around the coasts of west Wales and south-west England.
Sharing their predictions for Storm Eunice, a spokesman for the Met Office said: “The most significant wind gusts are expected in the south and west of the UK, with an amber warning now in force here from the early hours of Friday morning. Exposed coastal areas could see wind gusts in excess of 95mph, while inland areas could still see gusts to around 80mph, bringing the potential for fallen trees, damage to buildings and travel disruption. Although Storm Eunice’s strongest winds will be on its southern edge, the northern flank of the system brings the potential for some snow to northern areas.
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“A yellow warning for wind and snow has been issued covering Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland, where potentially up to 20cm of snow could accumulate over high ground, with up to 5cm possible in some lower areas. Brisk winds in this area could cause blizzard-like conditions and drifting of lying snow, reducing visibility, and making driving conditions difficult.”
The Environment Agency (EA) has warned that Eunice could cause flooding along the coast in parts of west, south-west and south England.
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