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Storm Eunice sea swell: UK coast faces flood wipeout as Eunice creates huge Atlantic swell

Storm Eunice: Lively winds and snow forecast

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Ahead of Storm Eunice’s arrival on Friday, the Environment Agency has warned that “strong winds could bring coastal flooding” to southerly parts of the British Isles. Eunice, the fifth named storm of the season, is expected to create havoc with gusts in excess of 95mph and heavy snow showers, in places.

Katharine Smith, Environment Agency Flood Duty Manager, said: “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, southwest and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning.

“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.”

One image from Magic Seaweed, which you can view below, has shown that Storm Eunice is generating a huge sea swell as it travels along the Atlantic Ocean to the UK.

Eunice is predicted to arrive within the British Isles by the early hours of Friday morning.

What is a sea swell?

Sea swells are a collection of waves produced by storm winds raging hundreds of miles out to sea.

How do sea swells form?

A swell in the ocean is formed through a combination of wind strength, wind duration and fetch.

As wind blows across the water’s surface, friction occurs and energy is transferred from wind to water.

The result is a rising crest that forms into a wave. Over time and distance, sustained wind strength and duration build up a large amount of energy beneath the ocean’s surface, forming deeper waves known as swells.

This energy fuels a swell so it can travel thousands of miles without changes in height or shape.

Two flood warnings and 42 alerts are currently in place across England as a result of the ongoing disruption caused by Storm Dudley, with more expected to be in place by Friday morning.

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Storm Eunice is moving towards the UK across the Atlantic Ocean where it has been “undergoing explosive cyclogenesis” according to Met Watch UK.

Eunice has been forming close to the Canadian province of NewFoundland, with Netweather adding that it is expected to “rapidly deepen during Thursday and overnight into Friday morning”.

As the weather system moves northeast across southern Ireland during Friday morning it’s anticipated to rapidly intensify.

Eunice will cross the Irish Sea into northwest England by the middle of the day before exiting northeast England during the afternoon.

Along with the risk of flooding, Storm Eunice will also bring with it gales of around 80mph for inland areas while exposed coastal regions could see wind gusts in excess of 95mph.

Snow has also been forecast in varying depths across low-lying and high-ground areas in the north of the UK.

Newcastle upon Tyne and Hartlepool are among the regions to have been predicted to receive between one to five centimetres of snow.

Meanwhile, high-ground areas, such as the English Pennines and Highlands in Scotland could see snow showers that peak at 30cm deep.

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