Storm Eunice: 276 flood warnings issued as ‘record water levels’ could ‘overtop defences’

Storm Eunice: Met Office simulates path of strengthening storm

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England’s Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environment Protection Agency have put out over 270 flood warnings and alerts as Storm Eunice looks set to take a grip of the UK. According to the most recent updates, England has put out 10 severe flood warnings.

The warnings mean there is a “danger to life” in areas affected.

The River Severn appears to be particularly affected, including Hempsted and Epney.

England also has an additional 26 flood warnings and an extra 91 flood alerts.

Standard warnings suggest flooding is expected whereas alerts mean flooding remains possible.

Scotland has a total of 10 standard warnings and four alerts.

In Wales, which in many places is separated from parts of England by the River Severn, there are a whopping 113 flood warnings and 22 alerts.

Flood barriers have also been deployed further up the region in Shrewsbury, Frankwell and Beales Corner in Bewdley and officers are ready to deploy barriers at Ironbridge if needed.

Kay Champion, Area Incident Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The arrival of Storm Eunice overnight on Thursday has the potential to cause severe flooding with overtopping of defences, very strong winds and high waves.

“There is potential for record water levels along the Severn and Wye estuary.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and working closely with our partners. Our incident response staff are checking defences.

“We urge people to make sure they are prepared by signing up to Flood Warnings and making sure they are in a safe place by following guidance from emergency services.

“We also strongly urge people to stay away from the coast during the storm as there is a real risk to life during these severe high winds.”

Meanwhile, millions of people have been told to stay at home as one of the worst storms in decades, Storm Eunice, hits the UK.

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The Met Office has issued a second rare red weather warning to cover London, the south-east and east of England.

A red warning, meaning there is a danger to life from flying debris, is already set to cover parts of south-west England and south Wales.

Red weather warnings are rare, and mean that roofs could be blown off, power lines brought down and trees uprooted – as well as flying debris which could cause a danger to life.

The last red warning was for Storm Arwen in November last year, but before that one had not been issued since the so-called “Beast from the East” in 2018.

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