A look at the weekend's weather and the end of the windy conditions brought on by Storm Eunice.
Storm Eunice, which arrived in the early hours of Friday morning, is causing widespread disruption across the United Kingdom.
Hundreds of schools in south-west England and Wales have been closed, trains and flights have been cancelled, and approximately 2,000 properties in Devon and Cornwall were already without power on Friday morning.
The Met Office has issued two rare red "danger to life" weather warnings, with winds of up to 100mph expected in some coastal areas and heavy snow in others.
The storm will hit southern England the hardest, but its effects will be felt throughout the country.
Here's what you need to know about when the winds will stop blowing and the weather forecast for the weekend.
When will Storm Eunice be over?
Eunice arrived in the United Kingdom in the early hours of Friday morning, and stormy weather is expected to continue throughout the day.
The good news is that the storm should have passed by this evening.
The Met Office has issued five separate weather warnings for Friday, which are as follows:
- Wind warning in effect for coastal areas of south-west England and Wales from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Wind warning in effect for much of south-east England, including London, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wind warning in effect for the entirety of Wales and the majority of England, with the exception of some northern areas, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Wind warning in Northern Ireland, Northern England, and parts of southern Scotland is in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Snow warning in Northern Ireland, parts of northern England, and the majority of Scotland from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, a yellow wind warning is in effect for coastal parts of southern England and Wales from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., implying that conditions will remain blustery throughout the weekend.On Friday, the Met Office issued weather warnings for Storm Eunice (Photo: Met Office).
Red weather alerts
The Met Office warns of the following during a red weather warning for wind:
- Flying debris endangers people's lives
- Building and home damage, including blown-off roofs and downed power lines
- Trees that have been uprooted are most likely
- Roads, bridges, and railway lines are closed, causing delays and cancellations of bus, train, ferry, and flight services.
- Power outages have an impact on other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
- Large waves and beach material are being thrown onto coastal roads, seafronts, and homes, causing flooding in some coastal areas.
Amber weather alert
The Met Office says to expect the following during an amber wind warning:
- Road, rail, air, and ferry services may be disrupted, and some roads and bridges may close, resulting in longer travel times and cancellations.
- Possibly some downed trees and building damage, such as roof tiles blown off.
- There is a good chance that power outages will occur, potentially affecting other services such as mobile phone coverage.
- Large waves and beach material thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts, and properties are likely to cause injuries and endanger lives.
Yellow weather alerts
The Met Office says to expect the following during a yellow wind warning:
- There is a chance of tree damage as well as building damage, such as roof tiles blown off.
- As a result of the disruptions to road, rail, air, and ferry services, there is a chance of longer journey times or cancellations.
- There is a possibility that some roads and bridges will be closed.
- There is a small chance of power outages, which could disrupt other services such as mobile phone coverage.
- Large waves and beach material being thrown onto seafronts, coastal roads, and properties pose a minor risk of injury.
The Met Office predicts the following during a yellow weather warning for snow:
- There is a chance of road travel delays, possibly with stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as rail and air travel delays or cancellations.
- There is a chance that some rural communities will be cut off temporarily.
- There is a small chance of power outages, and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be disrupted.
What is the weekend weather forecast?
"Rain moving eastwards across England and Wales with some snow in the north, mainly on hills, and turning windy again with gales in the south," according to the Met Office forecast for Saturday. Brighter across Scotland ”
A yellow weather warning for ice covers most of Scotland and large parts of northern England until 9 a.m. Saturday, and a yellow wind warning covers western Scotland, the western coast of northern England, and the north of Wales from midday Saturday to midday Sunday.
The Met Office predicts a "dry, cold, and bright start" in the South East. Less windy Rain and strong winds are expected to arrive from the west in the afternoon," with coastal gales possible.
Its forecast for Sunday to Tuesday is "uncertain, with more spells of rain and brighter, showery interludes in between." On Monday, showers will be frequent and heavy in the north and west, with snow on the hills. Windy, with gales possible at times. ”
What is the severity of the storm?
"In areas covered by the red warning, particularly coastal regions, there is likely to be overtopping of the sea, flooding to roads and homes, trees being overturned, tiles falling off buildings, and power lines being toppled over," Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said. ”
Forecasters added that a sting jet - a small area of highly intense wind within a storm - could form later on Friday.
"After the impacts of Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK in a few years," Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said.
"The red warning areas indicate a significant risk to life due to extremely strong winds that may cause structural damage and flying debris." ”
The Environment Agency has issued ten severe flood warnings, indicating that life is in danger.
"Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, south-west, and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning," said Environment Agency flood duty manager Katharine Smith. This is because Storm Eunice caused high waves and potential storm surge, which coincided with the start of a period of spring tides. ”
Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, National Highways has issued a severe weather warning for strong winds in the East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, South East, and South West.
According to the agency, "there is a particularly high risk that high-sided vehicles and other 'vulnerable' vehicles such as caravans and motorcycles could be blown over" in areas such as the East of England, the Midlands, the South East, and the South West.
What can I do to keep myself safe?
The Met Office has issued safety advice for the storm.
What it says you should do is as follows:
Prior to the storm
- Secure any loose objects, such as ladders, garden furniture, or anything else that could be blown into and break windows and other glazing.
- Close and secure doors and windows, especially those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors like garage doors.
- If a garage is available, park vehicles there; otherwise, keep them away from buildings, trees, walls, and fences.
- Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, especially if the roof pitch is less than 30 degrees.
- If the house has storm shutters over the windows, make sure they are closed and fastened.
- Move beds away from areas directly below chimney stacks if they are tall and in poor condition.
During the storm
- Stay as much as possible indoors.
- If you do go out, avoid walking or sheltering near buildings and trees.
- Keep away from boundary walls and fences on the sheltered side; if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
- While the storm is still raging, do not go outside to repair any damage.
- Enter and exit your home through doors on the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
- Close internal doors behind you and only open them when necessary.
- Take caution when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads; if possible, delay your journey or find alternate routes.
- Slow down and be aware of side winds, especially if you're towing or driving a high-sided vehicle.
- Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary.
Following the storm
- Avoid touching any blown-down or still-hanging electrical/telephone cables.
- Avoid walking too close to walls, buildings, and trees because they may have been weakened.
- Make certain that any vulnerable neighbors or relatives are safe, and assist them in making any necessary repairs.
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