UK weather: Met office issues yellow alert as Brits face £360m clean up after Storm Eunice

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Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales ahead of a band of rain, which itself will turn increasingly squally, as it moves southeast on Sunday afternoon. Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, some of which may be more vulnerable than usual in the aftermath of Storm Eunice.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for Saturday and Sunday, highlighting the ongoing risk of wind and rain, although much less impactful than Storm Eunice.

The yellow warning for wind will be in place in England and Wales from midday on Sunday until 3pm on Monday.

In Northern Ireland, north-west England, and south-west Scotland, another warning will be in place until midday on Monday.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Winds will decrease from their exceptionally high levels on Friday, but there’s a continued wet and windy theme for many through the weekend.

“The south will see wet and windy conditions on Saturday, before areas to the north and west, including Northern Ireland, see some more potentially disruptive conditions on Sunday.

“Weather warnings have been issued but should be checked throughout the weekend for any ongoing updates.”

At least four people have died in the UK and Ireland because of the record-breaking storm, while early estimates put the cost of repairs at £360 million, according to The Telegraph.

However, wind and rain will be the main theme of Sunday for many, with Yellow Weather Warnings issued.

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RAC Breakdown Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers will be glad to see the back of Storm Eunice but it looks like it will have a sting in its tail with conditions on the roads remaining challenging right through the weekend.

“With winds still strong and gusty, it’s important drivers don’t take any chances, so we urge them to slow down and leave plenty of space between themselves and the vehicle in front.

“It’s not just strong winds that they’ll need to contend with – roads will turn slippery in the north on Saturday, while on Sunday intense rainfall becomes a feature making driving arduous.

“If conditions get particularly bad again, people should consider postponing their journeys, and for those who have to drive, it’s vital they keep their wits about them at all times.”

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Meanwhile, the Energy Networks Association said that about 155,000 customers remained without electricity in the south and east of England and Wales after Storm Eunice.

The company said: “Since it first hit, Storm Eunice has officially caused the highest number of power cuts in a 24 hour period our South West region has ever experienced.

“Our engineers are continuing to work relentlessly to restore supplies to our customers despite the awful conditions.”



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