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Storm Eunice: Met Office changes amber warning time for Friday

Posted on - 17th February, 2022 - 11:49am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston weather, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News
Preston's skyline along the River Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston’s skyline along the River Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall

The Met Office has issued a new update for the amber weather warning set to hit the North West tomorrow (Friday 18).

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Storm Eunice warning times have been delayed by two hours, and is now flagging that the warning will be in place from 5am on Friday until 9pm the same day.

It is expected that ‘significant disruption’ may be caused by the strong winds.

Preston residents are warned that there is a ‘good chance’ that flying debris could result in danger to life and that damage to buildings and homes is likely, with potential of roofs being blown off and power lines going down.

The Met Office also say there is a good chance that power cuts and large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely.

It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors as extremely strong winds are expected to develop over southwest England early on Friday, before spreading north and east during the day.

Read more: Storm Eunice: Met Office updates Preston weather warning to amber

Gusts of wind in the 60-70 mph range, but with some places reaching over 80 mph are expected to batter the country, with the coasts of Wales and the southwest seeing wind reaching up to 90 mph.

Lancashire County Council has issued a statement reassuring residents that they are ‘well prepared’ for the storm.

Residents should report any urgent problems on the roads caused by the storms that do not require an emergency response to local police by calling 101.

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