Woman Walking On Wall Is Knocked Into Sea And Almost Dies In Storm Eunice
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A woman in Cornwall was knocked off a wall and into the sea as ferocious waves crashed against the shore.
Storm Eunice has hit the UK and people have been urged to stay at home; however, some people have not heeded this advice.
Photos show the moment a young woman was knocked into the sea at Newquay beach yesterday (Thursday 17 February), where she was swiftly carried away from the shore by the powerful backwash.
Fortunately she was able to make it back to land with the help of onlookers, but it could have turned out much worse.
HM Coastguard in Cornwall warned people not to attempt selfies at the beach until the storm has passed.
A spokesperson said: "While storm watching can be spectacular, trying to capture the most amazing shot is not worth putting your own safety at risk."
Roy Stokes from the Environment Agency went one step further, describing travelling to take pictures in such hazardous conditions as 'probably the most stupid thing you can do'.
The Met Office has extended the rare red weather warnings covering parts of the UK to include London and the South East, meaning that millions of people have been asked to stay home because of Storm Eunice.
The storm is expected to sweep in across the country today, causing winds of potentially over 90 miles per hour that could cause 'danger to life'.
The first red warning affecting the south-west of England and parts of south Wales is already in effect from 7:00am until midday, with the second red warning set to coming into force across London and the south-east from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
A separate amber weather warning is also in place for gusts up to 80mph covering most of England from 5am to 9pm, as well as yellow warnings for snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
⚠ #StormEunice is going to bring damaging and disruptive winds for most of the UK today.— Met Office (@metoffice) February 18, 2022
🔴 See the latest Red Warnings for wind below and be aware of the wider Amber Warning area.
Exposed coastal areas could get gusts in excess of 90mph
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Schools, roads and businesses have shut, with major disruption to the travel network due to concerns over flying debris, and homes have been left without power.
The Met Office warned the dangerous weather phenomenon known as a sting jet – a small area of highly intense wind inside a storm – could form later on Friday.
Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years."