Life-threatening warnings were issued across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday as Cyclone Eunice blew in with heavy snow and winds of 98 mph.
Meteorologists have warned about flying debris and big waveswhile drivers are encouraged to consider staying at home.
They say the forecast is “disturbing” – with all signs pointing to the storm as a “very dangerous and disturbing event” for the South and Central regions in particular.
Significant snowfall is expected from the Midlands and up north, as well as northern parts of Wales.
There will also be blizzards in Scotland.
Eunice will wreak havoc later Storm Dudley delivers gusts of 90mph across northern England, north Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Borders today and tomorrow.
An amber warning is in place across northern England and Scotland between 4pm and midnight today.
The Met Office said the wind was “very strong and disturbing”.
They say gusts of wind will topple trees, destroy buildings and homes, collapse roofs and topple power lines.
Speeds of 80mph are possible even inland, although coastal areas will be hardest hit.
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The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze warned Britons to prepare for this week’s gala.
“Most of the output of the overnight pattern is very worrisome and suggests that Typhoon Eunice will be a very dangerous and disruptive event for the southern and central regions,” he said.
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He said the forecasts show “we are heading towards a major or significant event on Friday”.
Jeremy Phillips, National Highways’ head of road safety, said: “We encourage drivers to Check the latest weather and travel conditions before commencing their journey and consider whether their journey is necessary and may be delayed until conditions improve.
“If you intend to travel, plan your itinerary and be more careful, spend more time on your journey.
“During high winds, there is a particular risk to trucks, caravans and motorbikes, so we advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should watch out for sudden gusts of wind that can affect handling and braking, and leave plenty of room for high-altitude vehicles, caravans and motorbikes. “
He warned that bridges may have to close during high winds.
DANGER TO LIFE
Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said:An active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the countryboth are likely to cause some disruption and severe nationwide weather warnings have been issued. “
In another development, the RNLI warned that adverse weather conditions could make the seas “dangerous”, and advised people to pay attention to coastal areas.
The charity’s Samantha Hughes said: ‘In a normal year, about 150 people lose their lives at the beach and we know that more than half of them are never meant to be in the water.
“So whether you’re walking, running or cycling at the beach, please take extra responsibility and avoid taking unnecessary risks or getting into the water.
“In particular, we ask everyone to stay away from stormy seas, easterly winds and cliff edges, check the tide times before you go, bring a cell phone and call 999 or 112 and ask the Police sea if you or someone else is in trouble.”
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