Storm Eunice triggers rare red weather warning – ‘Going to be much worse than expected!

Storm Eunice to be 'worse than expected' says forecaster

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The force of Storm Eunice has seen the Met Office issue the second of two rare highest alerts on Friday. Reporting from outside Reading train station in Berkshire, GB News reporter Alice Porter warned that the storm is “going to be much worse than we expected.” She added that there was predicted to be massive and widespread travel disruption across southern England.  

Ms Porter told GB News: “Actually, I think it’s going to be much worse than we expected.

“There was an amber weather warning in place yesterday and then the Met Office upgraded that at 10 o’clock last night and it’s now going to be a red weather warning, which is, of course, the concern about loss of life and flying debris.

“Which of course sounds incredibly worrying for people who are in London and the Southeast because it’s very rare to have that type of weather warning for London and the Southeast and of course, it is going to cause absolute mayhem on the trains already.

“I’ve had a quick look in the station, and there are so many trains that already are cancelled or delayed. 

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“I know Great Western Railway, for example, they operate from London through to Bristol all the way down to Penzance, they’re operating at half their normal capacity.

“In Wales, for example, there are no trains operating today and if you are lucky enough to try to get on the train in order to get to work, for example, the trains are going to be going at maximum of 50 miles per hour because of the concern of the winds, which in London and the Southeast could reach up to 80 miles per hour today.

“So I think that’s a real concern is about what is going to happen.

“You were talking earlier about the concern about trees falling on lines, and tiles falling off roofs.

Storm Eunice: Met Office warns of 'danger to life'

“The real worry is what happens if those objects go on to the train lines and what kind of impact that will have for train companies and travellers.

“I mean, the good news at least is that we knew the storm was coming and there’s been lots of preparations in place and train companies I was looking at just earlier now and if people have got tickets and are unable to travel, train companies are saying your ticket will still be valid and you can travel in a couple of days.

“But unfortunately, there will be lots of people who still have to get to work for various reasons by train or by road.

“I mean, the RSC has also said that they don’t want people travelling on the roads, but not everybody is able to work from home.”

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Wind gusts in the most exposed coastal areas could exceed 90mph, the Met Office said, while an amber warning for gusts up to 80mph covers the whole of England from 5am to 9pm.

The Met Office added that the dangerous weather phenomenon is known as a sting jet – a small area of highly intense wind inside a storm – could form later on Friday.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.”

“The red warning areas indicate a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris.”

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