The Met Office stepped down the red warning at around 3pm today, which was replaced by an amber warning, now in place until 9pm this evening.

This means the strong winds battering the region are set to continue for at least a few more hours.

Amber weather warning for wind – what it means

While not as dangerous as a red warning, an amber warning should still be taken seriously with the potential to pose danger to life and damage to property.

The Met Office warns:

  • There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur, perhaps affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely.
  • It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees

How long are weather warnings in place?

A yellow weather warning will remain in place until around 6pm tomorrow (February 19) with further strong winds expected, potentially hampering recovery efforts from earlier damage.

While the serious threat will have subsided by morning, there is still a small chance, according to the Met Office, some roads and bridges could close.

There’s also a risk of longer journey times and cancellations due to affected road, rail, air and ferry services.

Continued high winds could slow down repairs to damage caused by Storm Eunice, for example power outages could take longer to resolve.

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