Storm Eunice: Environment Agency warns of strong winds across Greater Manchester

The Envionment Agency is urging the public to be vigilant as Storm Eunice brings threat of severe flooding and strong winds.

As Storm Eunice moves in on Friday, another high winds warning has been issued. The Environment Agency is calling on the public to prepare for the extreme weather.

Storm Eunice is expected to hit Greater Manchester about 5am with 60-70mph winds on Friday and forecasters are warning that winds may disrupt transport and cause damage to property.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “An active jet stream is helping to drive low-pressure systems across the country, with both storms set to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.”

The Environment Agency is urging coastal communities to prepare for expected flooding impacts from Storm Eunice.

While they say the main threat for flooding will be around coastal areas, the strong winds will impact those in Greater Manchester.

Environment Agency teams are out on the ground closing gates, erecting barriers and clearing screens where flood debris can build up, and stand ready to operate further flood defences if needed.

As well as working with partners in local resilience forums, teams are planning for an emergency response to keep people safe where flooding does occur.

For people who are concerned about flooding you can go online and search ‘Check my flood risk’ to find out if you will be affected and what you can do to prepare.