Three Brits killed last time the Met Office issued rare red weather warning

Storm Eunice is continuing to batter the UK after red weather warnings were issued by the Met Office.

Two red warnings have been issued, one for South Wales and South West England, and another in London and the South East.

The last time such an alert was given, three Brits were killed in brutal conditions back in November 2021 during Storm Arwen.

A 35-year-old man died in Aberdeenshire when his truck was struck by a falling tree. When police returned to their own van, they found it too had been struck by a downed tree.

Francis Lagan, a headteacher from County Down, also died, as did a man in Lancaster.

Winds have the potential to uproot trees and pick up heavy objects that can be lethal when flying around, with the potential to strike unfortunate passers-by.

People in the area of the weather warning issued by the Met Office for Storm Eunice have been advised to stay indoors to try and avoid injury and fatality.

Around 2,000 properties were reported to be without power in Devon and Cornwall on Friday morning.

What is a red weather warning?

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Red warnings are only issued when there is a very likely chance of winds and ones with a high impact expected.

They indicate danger and people should take steps to keep safe once they are issued as there is a risk to life from flying objects and falling trees.

The Met Office said: "Dangerous weather is expected and, if you haven’t already done so, you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the severe weather."

Gusts for red weather winds are extremely fast and 90mph winds are expected from Eunice.

Red weather warnings are rare and are only issued once the Met Office deems conditions to be particularly bad and unsafe.

When will Storm Eunice end?

For the South West and Wales the red warning is in place from 7am until noon on Friday.

The warning for the South East, meanwhile is in place from 10am until 3pm.

The storm will begin to clear up after this and the amber warning for the whole of Wales and most of England will remain until 9pm.

The Met Office warned: "It is very likely that there will be a risk to life, with substantial disruption to travel, energy supplies and possibly widespread damage to property and infrastructure. You should avoid travelling, where possible, and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities"

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