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Red Weather Warning issued as Storm Eunice hits Bristol

The Met Office has issued rare Red Weather Warnings for parts of Bristol and the south west – as Storm Eunice is expected to bring extremely strong winds and continued disruption for much of the UK today (Friday 18 February).

The Red Weather Warnings for wind cover some coastal areas towards the south west, including Avonmouth and South Wales, from early this morning – with damaging gusts and disruption expected.

Wind gusts in the most exposed coastal areas could be in excess of 90mph, which the Met Office says “would bring significant impacts for many and represent a danger to life”.  

For the latest visit: bit.ly/WxWarning

For regular updates and videos: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/videos

Bristol City Council advised school across the city to close today – for a list of closures visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/school-closures

University campuses, museums and libraries are also shut and Friday’s waste and recycling collections moved to Monday (21 February).

First Bus announced all bus services in Bristol including metrobus, Bristol Park & Ride and the Airport Flyer would be suspended until at least 4pm today. With information at ow.ly/rsSt50HXQnh

Avon and Somerset Police have declared a “major incident” and people are asked to avoid travelling this morning wherever possible and to follow weather and travel bulletins on local radio or check on local media websites.

For travel information: www.travelwest.info/travel-updates