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UK weather: Two storms to batter Britain with winds of up to 80mph – 'Danger to life!'

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for tomorrow as Storm Dudley moves across the northern half of the country, closely followed by Stor

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The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for tomorrow as Storm Dudley moves across the northern half of the country, closely followed by Storm Eunice, which will bring strong winds and the possibility of snow on Friday. Alerts have been issued over potential “injuries and danger to life” on Wednesday in coastal areas of southern Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland.

An amber warning for winds is in place on Wednesday covering southern Scotland, northern England and part of Northern Ireland, warning that “injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties”.

Storm Dudley will move across the northern half of the country from Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and is expected to bring wind gusts of up to 80mph-90mph on exposed coasts and hills of Scotland, with 60mph-70mph possible further inland.

The Environment Agency has issued one flood warning and 23 flood alerts across England.

Yellow warnings are in place for Thursday and Friday covering a wide area, as Storm Eunice is expected to bring heavy rain and possible snowfall on high ground from the Midlands northwards, the Met Office said, and further gusts of between 60-70mph inland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “An active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the country, both of which are likely to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.”

According to the agency, Storm Eunice is likely to affect the UK on Friday bringing a period of very strong winds that could cause significant disruption.

The department said that extremely strong winds may develop over southwest England early on Friday, before spreading north and east during the morning.

The warning stated: “It is not yet clear where within the warning area the strongest winds will be but gusts of 60-70 mph are possible over a reasonably large area with a small chance of a brief period of gusts reaching 80 mph even inland.”

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