STRONG winds of up to 90mph brought by Storm Eunice could pose a danger to life, forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for “very strong and disruptive” winds which could cause widespread chaos, including a “good chance” of power cuts and disruption to transport services.

Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex are expected to be among the areas most affected by the storm.

The Argus: Storm Eunice is to bring strong winds and heavy rainStorm Eunice is to bring strong winds and heavy rain

The warning says: “Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.”

The warning is in place from 3am on Friday to 9pm the same day.

Brighton and Hove City Council and the RNLI are urging people to stay away from the sea during the storm.

A spokesman from the RNLI said: “With Storm Eunice set to batter the south this week, please respect the water.

“Check weather, tide and swell forecasts before you consider heading to the coast and avoid taking unnecessary risks by staying well back from stormy seas and breaking waves.”

The Met Office is also warning that strong winds could disrupt public transport and cancellations to bus and trains services, as well as flights.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “We are looking at particularly stormy period right now, with two named storms coming through one after the other.

“This sort of weather set-up is typical for the UK in the winter, with low pressure coming in from the west, driven by the jet stream.”

She said the forecast after Storm Eunice continued to look unsettled with the potential for more wet and windy conditions over the weekend and the start of next week.

The Energy Networks Association has offered safety advice ahead of the storms.

Spokesman Ross Easton said: “It’s really important to stay safe when bad weather hits. If you come across fallen power lines or damage to the electricity network, stay well clear and call 105 for free to report it. If there is an immediate risk to life or someone is in danger, dial 999.”

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