Met Office issue second ‘danger to life’ red weather warning as Storm Eunice fears grow

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The Met Office has dramatically extended the ‘danger to life’ red warning for Storm Eunice overnight as weather conditions continue to worsen.

It means London is now under the most severe alert for Friday (18 February) level as gale-force winds head towards the capital city.

Another warning at the same level has already been applied for southeast England and south Wales effective from 7am.

Yesterday forecasters warned people advised not to travel where possible in what could be Britain’s worst storm in 35 years.

BBC weather presenter Sabrina Lee said the most adverse conditions would be in coastal areas and suggested that tomorrow was “not a day to venture out” ahead of what could be the South’s most brutal battering since the infamous Great Storm of 1987, which killed 18 people.

Even mobile phone signals could go down in the worst-hit areas as signal towers struggle under the winds, which are expected to possibly reach 100mph in some places.

A statement from the Met Office read: “The Red Weather Warnings for wind cover some coastal areas towards the south west, including south Wales, from early on Friday morning, before a separate red warning comes into force for much of the south and southeast with similar damaging gusts and disruption expected.

“Wind gusts in the most exposed coastal areas could be in excess of 90mph, which would bring significant impacts for many and represent a danger to life.”

Other levels of weather advisory are also in place for most of the UK, with an amber warning for wind covering much of the southern half of England and Wales, and a yellow warning applying to northern England and Wales.

Scotland, Lancashire and Cumbria will also see some heavy snow across both higher and lower ground.

A statement from the Environment Agency yesterday advised vigilance against flooding in the south east of England, especially in coastal areas, and said they were “working around the clock to help keep communities and people safe”.