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UK weather: ‘Danger to life’ warning as Storms Dudley and Eunice to batter Britain with snow and 90mph winds

Forecasters warn flying debris likely to pose injuries and ‘danger to life’ risk

Chiara Giordano
Monday 14 February 2022 15:23 GMT
UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

Two storms are set to batter the whole of the UK bringing 90mph winds which could pose a “danger to life”.

Storm Dudley is expected to hit northern parts on Wednesday and Thursday, before Storm Eunice arrives on Friday.

Amber and yellow wind warnings are in place for northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 3pm on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday.

A yellow warning will also cover the southern part of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland on Friday until 9pm.

The Met Office has warned flying debris and large waves are likely to pose a risk of injuries and danger to life as tiles are blown from roofs and beach material could be lifted up and thrown onto seafronts, coastal roads and properties.

Severe travel disruption is also likely, with road, rail, air and ferry services potentially affected, and some parts could be affected by power cuts.

In addition to the wind, Storm Eunice could also bring snow and blizzard conditions across northern England, parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north Wales.

Storms Dudley and Eunice will be the fourth and fifth named storms of the season.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Strong winds will cross western Scotland and Northern Ireland Wednesday evening, pushing eastward to northern England overnight and through Thursday morning.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings for wind as Storm Dudley is set to hit the UK (Met Office)

“Eighty to 90mph wind gusts are possible on exposed coasts and hills of Scotland with 60-70 mph possible further inland. Winds are expected to ease through Thursday afternoon and evening.

Traffic on the M4 motorway at Bridgend in Wales during wet weather (Ben Birchall/PA)

“The next low pressure system will track across central areas of the UK on Friday.

“Further impacts are expected from very strong winds with 60 – 70 mph gusts possible inland, perhaps even stronger in some places, though the strongest winds and worst-affected areas are uncertain at present.

“This system is also expected to bring some heavy rain and there is a potential for some significant snowfall over hills in the Midlands and further north.”

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