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Regular updates from Storm Eunice for Stratford

Latest Met Office report for Stratford: Storm Eunice arrives overnight, bringing a period of heavy rain and accompanied by increasingly strong winds. Dangerous and disruptive winds continue through Friday in association with Storm Eunice, along with outbreaks of rain.

Thursday, 5 p.m.: School bus services canceled around Stratford

School bus services are expected to be largely suspended on Friday. The Green Bus, which runs services to schools in Stratford and Alcester, said it would not operate double-decker buses in gale-force conditions.

He suspended his 506, 511 and 512 services at Stratford-upon-Avon School, Stratford Girl’s Grammar School and King Edward VI School.

It also suspended 501 to 508 services going to Alcester Grammar, Alcester Academy and St Benedict’s Catholic High School.

The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning for windy parts of England as well as an amber alert for most of the country as Storm Eunice approaches (54960828)

Thursday 5pm: Schools in Gloucestershire will be closed

Chipping Campden School said it would join other Gloucestershire schools in remaining closed on Friday after the Met Office issued a red warning for severe weather in the county.

Chief John Sanderson said: “I have not made this decision without careful consideration of all the factors involved. Indeed, I recognize that the school closure has significant implications for every family associated with the However, I have a duty of care to everyone associated with the school, students and staff, and this forecast indicates that there is a real and significant risk to life and limb if the people are trying to get to school tomorrow.

Thursday, 4 p.m.: Rother Street Market canceled due to weather warning

LSD Promotions canceled their usual Rother Street market on Friday due to safety concerns, with Storm Eunice expected to bring gusts of up to 70mph to Stratford.

A spokesperson for LSD Promotions said: “All markets operated by LSD Promotions will be canceled tomorrow, Friday February 18, due to Storm Eunice and the orange weather warning.

“The safety of our employees, traders and members of the public is our priority, and the forecast wind speeds and gusts breach all risk assessments in place with our local authority partners.”

Rother Street Market in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Photo: Mark Williamson.  (54968469)
Rother Street Market in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Mark Williamson. (54968469)

Thursday morning: Met office issues weather warnings

On Friday, an orange weather warning for high winds was issued by the Met Office for most of England, including Warwickshire, with a red alert issued for the south west. As Storm Eunice follows Storm Dudley, gale force gusts of up to 70 mph are expected in Stratford.

Strong winds are expected to develop over the South West of the country early Friday morning before spreading north during the day, with particularly strong winds expected in Warwickshire and significant disruption likely.

Residents were told to expect the likelihood of flying debris, with likely damage to homes and power lines. Roads, bridges and railway lines are also likely to close, with delays and cancellations of bus and train services.

Power cuts are also likely, according to the Met Office, with the possibility of being prolonged and affecting other services such as mobile phone coverage.

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: ‘An active jet stream is helping to drive low pressure systems across the country, with both storms expected to cause disruption and national severe weather warnings have been issued .

“Storm Eunice is expected to track east from Friday morning, bringing the strongest winds to central and southern parts of the UK, with gusts of up to 95mph in exposed coastal areas.”

A flood alert has also been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Leam and the River Itchen, with flooding affecting lowlands and roads adjacent to the River Leam between Grandborough and Leamington. Further precipitation is also expected over the next 48 hours.

The agency said: ‘Local flooding from rivers and surface water is possible for parts of the Midlands and northern England on Wednesday and Thursday and again for parts of Wales and England. from Friday to Sunday. Land, roads and some properties may be flooded and travel may be disrupted. »

Winds are expected to ease over western sections during the afternoon and over eastern sections in the evening.