Met Office upgrades Storm Eunice warning from yellow to Amber - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

Met Office upgrades Storm Eunice warning from yellow to Amber

Rob George 16th Feb, 2022

THE MET OFFICE has raised the weather warning for Storm Eunice to Amber on the day Storm Dudley rattles into northern England and Scotland.

Warnings for wind have been issued for Storm Eunice, which is going to impact much of the UK on Friday.

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.

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.

Katharine Smith, Environment Agency flood duty manager, said: “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, southwest and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning.

“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.

After Storm Eunice the unsettled weather continues over the weekend with further strong winds, rain and sleet expected through Saturday and Sunday.

The changeable conditions are then expected to continue into next week.

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