The Met Office has updated its Friday weather warning to amber, with ‘extremely strong winds’ expected to cause significant disruption in Preston.Advertisement
There is now a ‘good chance’ that flying debris could result in a danger to life, with damage to buildings and homes, roofs blown off, and power lines brought down.
Preston and Lancashire roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to buses, trains, ferries and flights.
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The Met Office said there is a high chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur and affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
Large waves are likely, with beach material thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
It is also likely that there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.
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Extremely strong winds may develop over southwest England early on Friday before spreading north and east during the day.
Whilst there is still some uncertainty in the track of Storm Eunice, there is an increasing likelihood of widespread inland wind gusts of 60-70mph and up to 80mph in a few places.
Gusts of 90 or even 100mph may hit the coasts in west Wales and southwest England.
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The Met Offices expects winds to ease across western areas through the afternoon and in eastern areas during the evening.
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