Storm Eunice tracker: Storm in explosive cyclogenesis – harsh sting jet builds in Atlantic


The UK is bracing itself ahead of the arrival of Storm Eunice, with winds in excess of 95mph expected for some coastal regions. In response the Met Office has issued a mixture of yellow and amber weather warnings across the British Isles which all come into effect from the early hours of tomorrow morning. Here, tracks the movements of Storm Eunice.

Where is Storm Eunice now?

Met Watch UK wrote on Twitter: “Storm Eunice is currently undergoing explosive cyclogenesis in the Atlantic & will likely have a Shapiro-Keyser cyclone structure as it arrives.

“This implies that it has greater chance of a sting jet, an area of particularly strong winds on its back edge across England.

“Sting jets like those require monitoring on more high res models to see if they do occur and cause that more potent disruption. No guarantees it will occur but one to keep a close eye on for the next 24-36 hours!”

Netweather added that Eunice was forming on Wednesday evening over the North Atlantic to the southeast of NewFoundland – easterly province of Canada – and is expected to “rapidly deepen during Thursday and overnight into Friday morning”.

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When is Storm Eunice coming?

The maps below show that Eunice will start tracking closer to the UK by 9pm this evening.

By 6am tomorrow morning, the far south west of England will be feeling its wrath, with the storm moving in an easterly direction with almost the entirety of England being pummelled by the storm by 9am on Friday.

A 200mph jet stream is believed to be the main driver of the weather system which will then take it towards and over the British Isles before we reach the weekend.

Eunice is expected to continue to rapidly intensify as it moves northeast across southern Ireland, during Friday morning.

Then, it will cross the Irish Sea into northwest England by the middle of the day before exiting northeast England during the afternoon.

Accompanying it will be gales of around 80mph for inland areas while exposed coastal regions could see wind gusts in excess of 95mph.

Meanwhile, snow has been forecast for northern parts of the UK, with low-lying areas expected to receive between one to five centimetres.

In comparison, high ground sections, including the Scottish Highlands, could experience snow as deep as 30cm.

Flooding has also been warned as a possibility in coastal regions, owing to the strength of the conditions Storm Eunice is predicted to bring with it.

Katharine Smith, Environment Agency Flood Duty Manager, said: “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, southwest and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning.

“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.”


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