Storm Eunice: Flood alerts issued across London as 70mph winds hit

London was issued with a rare ‘Red Weather Warning’ by the Met Office earlier today due to Storm Eunice and its very strong 70mph winds which are causing dangerous weather conditions across the capital. Londoners have been urged to “take action” and stay safe where possible, with several London parks closing for safety reasons.

As the worst of the wind is expected to cause havoc in London until at least 3pm today, flood warnings have been issued in some parts of the capital, which could see flooding taking place today and over the weekend. People living in South West and East London have been told to “be prepared” for potential flooding as a result of the extreme weather conditions.

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The storm has been upgraded to a red weather warning

A flooding alert has been issued to those living in the Putney, Richmond and Teddington area due to possible flooding from the Tidal Thames. The Tidal Thames is a 95-mile long estuary and is part of the River Thames, The alert, which was updated online at 10.18am today, states: “River levels are expected to be high as a result of spring tides. The next high tide at Richmond at 15:45 on 18/02/22 may result in brief low-level flooding of riverside roads and open spaces.

“Astronomical tide levels are rising. The river flow at Teddington Weir is normal for this time of year at 106 cubic metres per second and is steady. We anticipate the flows to remain normal for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. ” The alert will be updated by 6pm today.

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Elsewhere in London, another flood warning has been issued to the Abridge, Loughton, Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford Wells and Theydon Bois areas – due to potential flooding from the Middle River Roding. The alert, which was updated just before 10am today, warns: “River levels on the Middle Roding at Abridge are recovering and have dropped below levels of concern, however there is further rain tomorrow Saturday 19 February causing levels to rise again over the weekend.

Flooding is possible in east and south west London as a result of Storm Eunice

Flooding is possible in east and south west London as a result of Storm Eunice

“Flooding to roads and low lying land, particularly around Abridge, is possible. Please be aware there are high wind speeds expected today. We are closely monitoring the situation, checking rivers for blockages and clearing debris from structures. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water and using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.” The flood warning for this area will be updated this evening.

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