Storm Eunice in the United Kingdom

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Waves caused by Storm Eunice break over Aberystwyth promenade in Aberystwyth, Wales, Britain, February 18, 2022. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Around millions of people in the United Kingdom were urged to stay indoors and cancel their plans on Friday as the nation is preparing for the second major storm this week with prompted warnings of high winds and flying debris across Northern Europe.

The weather service of Britain has stated that the Storm Eunice which is called Storm Zeynep in Germany, was most likely to cause heavy disruption and dangerous conditions across the country with gusts expected to exceed 90 miles per hour in the highly exposed coastal areas. As per a met officer, a gust as fast as 122 miles per hour was recorded on the Isle of Wight, which is also being said to be the strongest ever recorded in England. 

The Authorities in the United Kingdoms have taken the unusual step of issuing red warnings indicating danger to human life for parts of Southwest England between 7 am and noon and for Southeast England along with London from 10 am until 3 pm. A lower amber warning for gusts up to 80 miles per hour also have been issued for the whole country from 5 am to 9 pm.

This storm is the second named storm to hit the United Kingdom in the last two days with the first storm taking the lives of at least 5 people in Germany and Poland. A meteorologist at the University of Reading in England, Peter Inness has attributed the storms to an unusually strong jet stream over the eastern Atlantic Ocean with the winds going up to 200 miles per hour at the higher altitudes. She said that a strong jet stream like this can be as a production for a line of storms and is capable of generating a new storm every day or two.

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She added that there have been several occasions in the recent past when two or more damaging storms had passed across the United Kingdoms and some other parts of Europe in the span of a few days. As the United Kingdom was prepared for the brunt of the Storm Eunice, it had already created havoc travelling across Southern England and Wales with many train services being interrupted and several flights getting cancelled. 

Various tourist attractions have been closed off ahead of the storm including the London Eye, Legoland, Royal Parks, and the Warwick castle. The government of the United Kingdom is set to hold a meeting of its COBRA emergency committee for the discussion of the storm. As per reports, the army of the nation is on high readiness standby to respond if needed. 

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