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UK storm tracker: Latest forecast as Storm Dudley ‘poses danger to life’

Storm Dudley hits UK as Met Office issued amber weather warning

Two storms are set to batter the UK this week with winds of up to 90mph predicted, which could put lives in danger, forecasters have warned.

Storm Dudley is expected to hit northern parts of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday, before Storm Eunice arrives on Friday.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for high winds, effective across the country.

The storm may cause danger to life and “damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs,” the forecaster warned.

Paramedics in parts of England have warned people against going outdoors this afternoon as Storm Dudley sweeps in.

Train services in Scotland will stop at 4pm this afternoon – when wind speeds are expected to reach their height – for safety reasons, Scotrail said.

Amber and yellow warnings will be in place in the UK from 3pm on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday. There were 11 flood alerts in place across the UK.

With Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said western parts of Scotland will “bear the brunt” of the strongest winds.

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Twitter user @ TracyPowell123 shared this photo of a tree on the ground in Dobcroft Road in Millhouses, Sheffield.

Sheffield was forecast to see wind gusts of 50mph today.

Storm Eunice is expected to bring gusts of 70mph to the city on Friday.

Twitter user @ TracyPowell123 shared this photo of a tree on the ground in Dobcroft Road in Millhouses, Sheffield

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Liam James16 February 2022 15:33

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Storm Dudley nearing land

Storm Dudley will soon break land, the Met Office has told The Independent.

The storm is currently just south of the Western Isles of Scotland and pushing eastwards, forecaster Simon Partridge said.

Wind speeds are expected to be highest in southern Scotland and around the border, where they will peak between 5 and 7pm.

Another high is expected between 9pm and midnight.

Liam James16 February 2022 15:03

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Footage from northern England as Storm Dudley hits UK

High winds batter northern coastlines

Liam James16 February 2022 14:45

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Paramedics urge people to stay indoors during Storm Dudley

Paramedics in parts of England have warned people against going outdoors this afternoon as Storm Dudley sweeps in.

Amber and yellow weather warnings are in place for large parts of the UK from 3pm.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, covering six counties, said people in the region should only travel outdoors if it is unavoidable.

North East Ambulance Service, covering Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear, said people should avoid walking or cycling and make sure external doors to their homes are secured.

Liam James16 February 2022 14:31

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Strong winds blow sand on Tynemouth beach as Storm Dudley hits north of England

Tynemouth is under an amber wind warning until 10pm

Liam James16 February 2022 14:10

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Cornwall council warns people to take care on the coast

Eleanor Sly16 February 2022 13:55

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How unusual is it to have two storms back to back?

The UK is currently braced for not one but two storms. Storm Dudley is expected to hit northern parts of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday, before Storm Eunice appears on Friday.

However, a pair of storms arriving in the UK in quick succession is not completely unheard of.

In 2018, Storm Ali arrived September 19 with gusts of up to 102 mph recorded. This was followed one day later by Storm Bronagh, which brought a gust of 78 mph and floods to parts of Wales and northern England.

Even the so-called ‘Great Storm’ of 16 October 1987, had a follow up act. The ‘Great Storm’ brought extensive damage to southeast England and parts of France.

Gusts of 115 mph were reported in West Sussex, there were 18 fatalities recorded and an estimated 15 million trees were flattened.

Only two days later, on 18 October 1987, another storm arrived in the UK with a top gust of 85 mph recorded in Devon.

Eleanor Sly16 February 2022 13:40

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Storm Dudley to spark travel chaos for trains, planes and ferries

Simon Calder, The Independent‘s travel correspondent, has more on train cancellations and other disruption to the UK’s transport network today:

Liam James16 February 2022 13:24

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Trains to stop running this afternoon in Scotland due to Storm Dudley danger

Train services will stop running at 4pm across Scotland when Storm Dudley is expected to be at its worst, ScotRail has announced.

Winds of up to 90mph are expected for much of Scotland and northern England this afternoon going into the evening.

Scotland’s primary rail operator, which runs all bar a few cross-border trains, said the high winds could damage infrastructure by blowing debris and trees onto tracks and interfere with overhead electric power lines and signals.

Most last services will depart from 2-3.30pm. ScotRail’s journey checker webpage lists the final departures for all routes and can be found at this link.

Aberdeen to Inverness, Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh lines are still scheduled to run. Some cross-border services will run at reduced speeds, ScotRail said.

Liam James16 February 2022 13:10

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Storm Dudley threatens travel chaos and ‘danger to life’ as Britain braces for 90mph winds today

The UK faces travel chaos today as Storm Dudley brings 90mph to large parts of the country.

A number of rail services have been already canceled ahead of the storm’s expected arrival this afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a “danger to life warning” posed by flying debris and falling trees, while motorists are being urged to avoid unnecessary journeys as powerful gales are expected to cause travel disruption.

Chiara Giordano spirit Charlene Rodrigues report:

Eleanor Sly16 February 2022 13:00

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