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Storm Eunice map: Exact areas to be hit by second storm of the week as Met Office on alert

BBC weather: Very strong winds and storms on the way

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The Met Office has been forced to issue warnings as severe weather could cause disruption for many Brits. Two low-pressure systems that will bring very strong winds and the chance of snow have been named by the Met Office. Storm Dudley will batter Britain later this week, shortly followed by Storm Eunice. Here’s where Storm Eunice will strike.

The Met Office said: “Storm Dudley will cross the northern half of the UK Wednesday night into Thursday morning, while Storm Eunice will bring strong winds and potentially some snow for parts of the country Friday.”

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “An active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the country, both of which are likely to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.”

The worst effects of Storm Dudley will be limited mostly to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. However, Storm Eunice will stretch further south.

The Met Office said: [Storm Eunice] will track across central areas of the UK on Friday.

“Further impacts are expected from very strong winds with 60–70mph 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.”

A yellow warning for Storm Eunice is currently in place from Midnight on Thursday, February 17 until 9pm on Friday 18.

The Met Office warned: “Storm Eunice is likely to affect the UK on Friday bringing a period of very strong winds that could cause significant disruption.”

The area covered by the yellow wind warning includes the whole of England and Northern Ireland as well as parts of Scotland.

Most of Scotland will be spared from the worst gusts of the storm, as only southern parts of the country fell under the Met Office’s warning.

Parts of Edinburgh may be impacted but cities further north, such as Glasgow and Stirling will be spared from the worst of the winds.

This will be a welcome relief as Storm Dudley is forecast to hit Scotland and Northern England the hardest.

What should you expect from Storm Eunice?

Although many Brits may not consider a warning for wind to be as serious as other weather warnings, such as those for floods and snow, the impacts of the storms should not be underestimated.

The Met Office has even said they could be “a danger to life”.

The Met Office said: “There is a small chance that flying debris will result in a danger to life, with fallen trees, damage to buildings and homes, roofs blown off and power lines brought down.

“There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

“Where damaging winds occur, there is a chance that long interruptions to power supplies and other services may occur.

“There is a small chance that roads, bridges and railway lines could close, with long delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.”

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