The Eunice storm will cause in the next few hours a significant maritime and wind storm in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. It could break all records and become the most powerful storm of the last 30 years, since January 1990. Meteorologists warn that it could bring strong gusts of wind and cause major disruptions and power outages. In the south of Ireland it can reach gusts of about 150 km/h and in London and Amsterdam it will exceed 120 km/h.
The UK authorities have asked millions of people to stay at home and the Meteorological Office has issued a second red alert to cover London, the south-east and east of England. This means there is danger due to flying debris and the country is preparing to cover parts of south-west England and south Wales. Hundreds of schools will be closed, all trains in Wales will be suspended and the army will be on standby.
Belgium has also issued a Code Orange alert for East and West Flanders and Antwerp. The city of Brussels has announced that the parks, gardens and forests will be closed to the public from 12 noon on Friday until 8 am on Saturday. There will also be special attention to the construction works, where there are high cranes.
The Royal Belgian Meteorological Institute has asked citizens to be prepared and follow the advice of the competent authorities. From this Friday afternoon until Saturday strong gusts of wind up to 150 km/h are expected. A meteorologist from Belgian television explained that we must be prepared because light trucks can overturn with bursts of 120 km/h.
There are also alerts in France and Germany. The German railway company Deutsche Bahn has halted long-distance connections in seven northern states. Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Stauss said there was “considerable” damage to the tracks and power lines. The country’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, closed schools as a precautionary measure, and authorities in several states have asked students to stay home if possible.
A change of weather situation that comes to a little more than a month after the end of this winter that, in Spain, will be remembered for the lack of precipitation.