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Red weather warning issued as Storm Eunice makes landfall

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The Met Office has announced a rare Red Weather warning for wind across the South Wales and South West England coastline.

The warning affects the Welsh coastline from Swansea to Chepstow with winds of up to 100mph forecast.

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Other parts of Wales will also be affected with 70-80mph gusts possible as Storm Eunice hits the UK on Friday.

Red weather warnings are rarely issued by the Met Office, with the last one coinciding with Storm Arwen in November 2021, but you’d have to go back to March 2018 for the last red warning for wind before that.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders 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 area indicates a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris. Although the most exposed coastal areas in the south and west could see gusts in excess of 90mph, winds will remain notably strong further inland, with gusts of between 70-80mph for most within the amber warning area.”

Ross Akers, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “The forecasted high winds could cause a storm surge and large waves which could lead to the overtopping of flood defences along the coast.

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“We are monitoring the situation very closely, but we are concerned that if the forecast does materialise, then we are likely to see significant flooding impacts in many places along our coastal areas.

“Wind speeds could also result in damage in many areas.  We are urging caution, and for everyone to keep a close eye on the weather forecasts and check the NRW website for the latest flood warnings.

“If you live near to, or are visiting a coastal area, please take extra care and keep a safe distance from coastal paths and promenades as large waves can sweep you off your feet or you can be hit by debris.”

(Lead image: Met Office)

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