Met Office issues further warnings as Storm Eunice continues
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Manchester could be hit by more harsh weather as the fallout from Storm Eunice continues to batter the country. The weather warning will be in place until 9am Saturday, with the combination of wintry showers and cold temperatures overnight likely to lead to icy conditions.
The Met Office forecasts a 70 percent chance of sleet in the Manchester area at midday on Saturday.
The forecast predicts “heavy rain and hill snow sweeping across most of the region through the day”, with a maximum temperature of 8C.
Sunday will see yet more heavy and “persistent” wind and rain in the north west of the country.
There are further yellow weather warnings in place for wind and rain on Sunday and wind on Monday, covering parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.
This week saw two storms cause significant damage to much of the UK, with Storm Dudley on Wednesday causing over 14,000 people in the North East of England, North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria to lose power.
Then on Friday Storm Eunice brought winds of over 100mph to some parts of the country, with rare red weather warnings put in place in South East England, as well as coastal parts of South West England and Wales.
A gust of 122mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight set a provisional record in England, which if verified would beat the previous England record of 118 mph recorded in Cornwall in 1979.
Three people were killed in England after the vehicles they were travelling in were hit by falling trees and flying debris.
The victims were a woman in her 30s in Highgate, north London, a man in his 20s in Hampshire and a man in his 50s in Merseyside.
Iconic landmarks suffered significant damage, as part of the roof was torn off the O2 Arena and the top of the spire of St Thomas’s Cathedral in Wells, Somerset was toppled by the wind.
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The London Fire Brigade declared a major incident after it received over 1,400 calls throughout the day.
PwC UK said the scale of insurance losses caused by the damage to homes and other commercial buildings and vehicles could reach £350 million.
Several others have been killed in Europe as Eunice wreaked havoc across the continent.
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