Storm Eunice is due to hit London today with record wind gusts of 70-80mph and the Met Office has issued a rare red alert for the east of England. A new weather map shows how strong the winds are currently in your area, and it’s safe to say that Londoners are starting to feel the effects of Storm Eunice, which is expected to be “the worst storm for 30 years”.
The new interactive weather map predicts how fast the wind is moving as Storm Eunice sweeps across the UK. Currently, London’s wind gusts are between 40mph and 48mph, still below the expected winds of 80mph that could hit the capital during the day.
Gusts of wind in the South West of England, from where the wind blows towards London, are currently at a dangerously high speed of 154km/h in Plymouth, with gusts expected to increase as Storm Eunice headed for London. The storm poses a “danger to life” as high winds could bring down trees, debris and disrupt travel.
London is bracing for the storm and Sadiq Khan, along with the Met Office, has advised people to stay home and only travel if absolutely necessary. To minimize the risks associated with high 80mph winds, rail companies have advised against travel and many rail services have been canceled and flights delayed across London.
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Red weather warnings are rarely issued by the Met Office, with the latest coinciding with Storm Arwen in November 2021.
And before that, the last red alert was in March 2018, showing how big of an impact Storm Eunice is expected to have on the UK today.
Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: ‘Following the impacts of Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will deliver damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect parties. southern and central UK for a few years. ”
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“Red warning zones indicate significant danger to life, as extremely strong winds can damage structures and flying debris.
“While the most exposed coastal areas may see gusts in excess of 90 mph, winds will remain particularly strong further inland, with gusts between 60 and 70 mph mostly in the orange warning zone. , and up to 80 mph in some places.”
London Mayor Saidq Khan tweeted this morning: “I urge all Londoners to stay at home, don’t take any risks and don’t travel unless absolutely essential.
“City Hall is in close contact with key agencies in the capital and our city is as prepared as possible for any potential impact from Storm Eunice.
“However, it is vital that Londoners listen to official advice today and stay at home until the storm has passed.”
To keep up to date with all the latest live updates, check out MyLondon’s live weather blog here.
You can check the interactive weather map and see how strong the gusts are in your area here.
Trainee journalist – LGBT+ specialist. Previously worked for Daily Star, The Sun, Brixton Blog and South West Londoner.
Three stories written this month include an in-depth interview with LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of UK Gay Pride, an interview with a former lieutenant commander who had to keep his sexuality a secret in the armed forces for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before leaving the Navy and a conversation with the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company which offers vocational training, pole dancing and a dance class in heels.
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