Essex weather: Southend-on-Sea High Street closes due to ‘safety reasons’ as winds from Storm Eunice batter the county

A high street in Essex has been closed off due to “safety reasons” as Storm Eunice batters the county.

Areas of Essex are experiencing winds of up to 70 miles per hour as the storm sweeps across the country, with a red weather alert in place from the Met Office until 3pm.

Now, Southend High Street has been closed off by the council due to “safety reasons”, and has notified relevant businesses that they should close for the day.

Read more:The latest updates from Storm Eunice across Essex

A spokesman for Southend Council said: “Please be aware for safety reasons Southend High Street is closed between Clifftown and London Road. Businesses in the area are being notified and advised to close.

“See our website for more information on affected services and who to contact.”

The Met Office has warned damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down while roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.

There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur, perhaps affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely as well as falling branches and some uprooted trees.

We will be covering all the major updates with the storm as they come in throughout the afternoon.

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