STORM Eunice is set to hit the UK with ‘strong jet’ winds of 100mph in just hours as schools close, soldiers prepare to deploy and Britons face ‘life-threatening’ flooding ‘.
The temperature is said to be the worst in more than 30 years, with scientists warning it would see intense and rare gusts of wind last recorded during the Great Hurricane of 1987.
Today’s noise will be less severe in terms of wind speeds than recorded 35 years ago, when 120 mph blasts hit the country.
However, the storms have the same structure – meaning Eunice could be worse than predicted, says Dr Ambrogio Volonte of the University of Reading Daily mail.
The phenomenon was first discovered in 2003 by academics analyzing satellite images and weather data.
They found the ‘burn’ occurs when there is evaporation at the top of a certain type of cloud feature and a strong gust of wind of 100 mph or more hitting the ground.
The cloud, which is joined like the tail of a scorpion, is where the anomaly gets its name.
Relative to the size of the storm, the stingray is very narrow – only about 30 miles away – and tends to last only three or four hours.
However, it brings exceptionally strong and destructive winds.
As England prepares for Storm Eunice…
It’s not just that, says Dr. Volonte, that forecasters care about.
Eunice is a ‘bomb storm’ – like the one of 1987.
“They feature significant pressure drop – more than 24 millibars in just 24 hours,” he said.
That means tornadoes can spin even faster, resulting in winds strong enough to topple trees and damage buildings.
Schools and attractions across the country will be closed today when Britons are encouraged to stay at home and not travel.
The severe weather front has been upgraded to a rare RED warning following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dudley on Wednesday night.
West Country and Wales will be directly in the fire zone. Troops are preparing to deploy in areas hardest hit by the storm.
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Ten ‘severe’ flood warnings – meaning action must be taken – have been issued.
Four relate to the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel between England and Wales.
Three more are from the River Severn, England’s longest river.
Areas extending at Hempsted, Minsterworth and Stonebench, and Sandhurst and Maisemore, all in Gloucestershire, were affected.
The Wye estuaries in Brockweir and Elmdale, both in Gloucestershire and Chepstow in Monmouthshire, are also under severe warning.
An additional 26 flood warnings are in place for the New Forest, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Lake District, Merseyside, Cornwall and Devon.
And 91 milder flood warnings have also been issued.
DANGER TO LIFE
Meanwhile, people in North Yorkshire, the Pennines, Lancashire and the upper Severn will be warned to build up their stamina over the weekend.
Super strong winds will persist across the country for most of the day.
Meteorologists say the areas of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, as well as the south Wales coast, will see “life-threatening flying debris”.
They warned that trees will be uprooted, power lines down and roofs of people’s houses torn off from this morning.
Major incidents were announced in Avon and Somerset and Cornwall.
Schools in Bristol, Somerset and Wales will close for fear that students and teachers may be in danger when going to class.
Roads, bridges and rail lines across the country could be closed, with delays and cancellations expected on bus and train services, as well as flights.
Commuters have been urged to rethink their journeys against the backdrop of warnings that strong winds will blow trees into the train tracks..
ONE A Network Rail spokesperson said the disruption was “inevitable”. There will be general speed limits of 50mph in most places.
South Western Rail, which covers much of the region, said a speed restriction would be in place across its entire network for most of Friday.
London North Eastern Railway revealed that it will run a reduced line between King’s Cross and York/Leeds.
Meanwhile, the Government convened a meeting of Whitehall’s emergency COBRA committee on Thursday morning.
What warnings are issued and when do they go into effect?
- Yellow warnings for 40-70mph winds in parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and the Midlands are in place between 7am and 6pm
- A yellow warning for 2 to 5 centimeters of snow on low ground and 10 to 30 centimeters of snow on hills in Scotland and parts of northern England is in place between 3am and 6pm
- Amber warnings for winds of 60-80mph over much of England are in place between 3am and 9pm
- Red warning for 70-90mph winds in the West Country and parts of Wales in place from 7am to noon
Boris Johnson confirmed the Army was on standby following Hurricane Dudley on Wednesday.
Speaking from RAF Waddington today, he said: “For those who have been impacted by Hurricane Dudley, we are providing all the support we can.
“I have a lot of sympathy for those who are still without electricity – we are working with the utility companies, the local government to restore their water as quickly as possible.
“But of course, the military is on standby.”
All trains in Wales have been cancelledwhile Southeastern, West Coast Avanti Railway and Eastern Midland Railway have also advised people not to travel.
Airports include Gatwick and Stansted is advising customers to check the status of their flight before leaving home.
Although the central and southern regions will be hardest hit, people in the far north of England, as well as residents of Scotland, have been warned to brace themselves for snow.
A yellow warning is given.
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