Just as it looked like the storm was about to ease off overnight, the Met Office is back with their dreaded weather warnings – this time, putting a Yellow warning in place for blizzard-like weather.
Covering the entirety of Yorkshire, the weather agency has warned that strong winds and snow will batter the region – with some disruption expected.
The updated warnings upgrade the alert levels for much of the country, and mean that the extreme weather that Yorkshire is currently experiencing is now expected to last until Friday night.
An Amber weather warning is in place today for much of Yorkshire, which is followed by a downgraded Yellow warning as Storm Dudley begins to pass tomorrow.
On Friday, a Yellow warning remains in place for the entirety of Yorkshire – this time, for Storm Eunice which is expected to hit the UK in the early hours of Friday.
The Met Office says: “There is a chance of travel delays on roads, possibly with stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel”, adding that rural communities could become cut off, and power cuts could also occur, affecting both electricity supplies and mobile phone coverage.”
Areas of South Yorkshire have been placed under an Amber warning for Friday, with “significant disruption due to extremely strong winds”. The warning advises a ‘danger to life’ due to flying debris, stating that “Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down”. Disruption to travel, power cuts and uprooted trees is also expected.
Winds of up to 100mph are predicted, and experts warn that it could be the worst storm our country has seen in the past 30 years. The last storm of this magnitude – the 1990 Burns Day Storm – saw 47 deaths.
A forecaster from the Met Office adds that some areas could be “included in a red wind warning” before Friday arrives – a very rare warning for the UK – and suggests that people should stay indoors if they can.
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