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Public advised to ‘stay inside’ as Storm Eunice arrives

A red weather warning has been issued for parts of south-west England and south Wales for tomorrow.

The Met Office has warned that ‘Storm Eunice’ could bring winds of up to 90mph that will likely cause significant disruption.

The red warning is in place from 07:00 GMT until 12:00 GMT on Friday.

An amber weather warning is in place for Harrow, with wind covering Wales and large parts of England including the South West. This will be in place from 5am to 9pm.

The Met Office warns that Storm Eunice “may cause significant disruption due to extremely strong winds” and that “there is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life”

The Met Office is issuing the following advice for people to keep safe.

Before the storm

• Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them

• Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages

• Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences

• Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°

• If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened

• If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them

During the storm

• Stay indoors as much as possible

• If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees

• Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side

• Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress

• If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you

• Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

• Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible

• Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle

• Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the army is on standby to help if needed.