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Storm Eunice warning at amber in Newark as Met Office issues rare red weather alert for parts of England



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The Met Office has issued the highest level of alert for Storm Eunice, stating that there could be a “danger to life” as a result of extremely strong winds.

The red weather warning, meaning a high impact is very likely, covers the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset as well as the south coast of Wales and will come into effect from 7am on Friday.

In Newark and the surrounding areas, the warning remains at the second highest amber level and the Met Office still warns that “flying debris could result in danger to life” and “damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.”

Storm Eunice is predicted to see gusts of up to 80mph inland while coastal areas could experience winds of up to 90mph.

The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning for wind in parts of England as well as an amber alert for most of the country as Storm Eunice approaches (54960828)
The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning for wind in parts of England as well as an amber alert for most of the country as Storm Eunice approaches (54960828)

The amber warning comes into force from 5am on Friday and lasts until 9pm.

Any resulting power cuts could be prolonged says the Met Office.

Red warnings are issued rarely: the last one was in November 2021 ahead of the arrival of Storm Arwen, which saw very strong winds batter areas on the east coast of Scotland and north-east coast of England.

Several red warnings were issued in late February and early March 2018 during the so-called “Beast from the East”, the storm that brought widespread heavy snow and freezing temperatures to many parts of the UK.

There are yellow weather warnings, the next level down, for wind and snow for a large part of Scotland and the whole of Northern Ireland.



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