Met Office updates weather warning to red for strong winds across Somerset coast

The Met Office has updated its weather warning to red.

The Met Office has updated its weather warning to red. - Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has updated its warning for strong winds from amber to red - its most serious alert level.

The rare weather warning means 'a danger to life is very likely'.

A 'stay indoors' alert has also been issued by forecasters. 

The red warning is in place from 7am to 12pm tomorrow.

North Somerset Council has also advised schools to return to home learning for tomorrow, and waste collections planned for tomorrow will be suspended. 

Yesterday (February 16) the weather service issued an amber alert for wind across much of the UK as Storm Eunice is expected to hit tomorrow morning. 

The amber alert is still in place for much of the country, including most parts of the South West. An amber alert means there is a 'potential danger to life' and will remain in place from 5am to 9pm.

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'Extremely strong winds' of up to 70mph is expected to bring 'severe travel disruption', and flying debris may cause a 'danger to life'.

Some parts of South Wales could also see 100mph wind gusts as Storm Eunice approaches overnight. 

This comes after Storm Dudley has already battered some parts of northern England and Scotland today (Thursday).

The Met Office says people should expect 'damage to buildings and homes, power lines may come down and uprooted trees are likely'.

Power cuts may also occur, potentially affecting mobile phone coverage.

Cancellations to public transport is also to be expected.

Coastal areas will also see large waves, with beach material likely to be 'thrown onto seafronts'. 

The extreme wind is expected to ease by Saturday, with heavy rain forecast by lunchtime.