Storm Eunice: Met Office issues rare red weather warning for 100mph winds to smash UK


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The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning, with Brits told to be aware of flying debris causing danger to life and power lines being torn down by 100mph winds.

Storm Eunice is set to bring “significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday, the organization says amid fears it could be the strongest to hit in 30 years.

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.

But it could pale into comparison to Eunice, with Brits told to take cover for fear of being hit by dangerous debris whipped up by the huge winds, as well as large waves in coastal locations threatening to drag walkers out to sea.

Such are the concerns of the impeding disastrous winds, ministers will hold a COBRA this morning to discuss the response to Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice, according to a government spokesperson.

The strong winds are likely to rip roofs off homes and down power lines on Friday, it says.

The warning from the Met Office reads: “Extremely strong west to southwesterly winds will develop over southwest England and south Wales early on Friday.

“Widespread inland likes of 70-80 mph are likely and up to around 90 mph near some coasts, with dangerous conditions on beaches and seafronts.

People on the coast have been warned of dangerous conditions once Storm Eunice hits on Friday
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“Winds are expected to ease from the west during the late morning.”

As well as dangerous winds, Eunice will also drag snowfall and ‘blizzard-like’ conditions – alongside gale-force winds – to some parts of Britain.

Some 47 people lost their lives in the Burns Day Storm of 1990, which caused widespread damage across the UK.

Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell earlier told The Mirror: “With the wind likes we are forecasting at the moment, we’ve only seen a handful of storms in the past 30 years that have brought similar likes. It’s got the potential to be up there as quite a noticeable 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.”

The red alert warning comes after a night of destruction from Storm Dudley, which destroyed homes and cars and cut power for thousands of Brits who were left waiting in the dark.

Commuters looking to get to work this morning woke up to roads blocked by felled trees as well as nightmares of train lines as workers try to remove the devastation.

People on social media shared pictures of damaged homes, crushed cars and power cuts.

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