Met Office issues RED Warning for Wind in the South West

At 1050 on Thursday 17 Feb 2022, the Met Office issued an almost unprecedented RED Warning for Wind in the South West between 0700 and 1200 on Friday 18th February 2022.

The main text said:

Storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday.

Extremely strong west to southwesterly winds will develop over southwest England and south Wales early on Friday. Widespread inland gusts of 70-80 mph are likely and up to around 90 mph near some coasts, with dangerous conditions on beaches and seafronts. Winds are expected to ease from the west during the late morning.

What to expect:

  • Flying debris resulting in danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Uprooted trees are likely
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties

Further details, and advice to help you deal with the worst of the weather, are available from the Met Office Bulletin site