A sting jet refers to a small area of extremely intense wind that can form inside storms passing across the UK, Ireland, and parts of Europe. Storm Eunice is due to reach the UK and Ireland in the early hours of Friday morning, with severe wind warnings in place for most of the country from 5 am.
Storm Eunice is set to hit on Friday with two rare red warnings in place for parts of southwest England and south Wales, and the east of England including London. While the areas under the red warnings, meaning there is a danger to life, will be the worst-affected, all of the UK can expect severe weather and disruption as the storm takes hold.
Storm Eunice UK: Which Areas Of The UK Will Storm Eunice Hit?
Much of the UK will be affected by Eunice, says the Met Office. The first weather warning will come into force from 7 am along the coastline of Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset as well as the south coast of Wales due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge.
From 10 am a second red weather warning for wind will cover Greater London, Kent, Surrey, Essex and East Sussex between 10 am and 3 pm.
North Cornwall, North Devon, and Sharpness in Gloucestershire are feared to be amongst the worst-hit areas due to the tidal impact from the surge and very high spring tides.
In Cornwall, residents are being urged to take precautions and only travel if absolutely necessary, while people in North Somerset are being encouraged to stay at home. There is a risk of “flying debris resulting in danger to life”, the Met Office warns, and “damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines, brought down.
The public is urged to stay at home and the Army is on standby.