Local attractions to remain closed in wake of Storm Eunice

As Storm Eunice gets set to sweep the country, three major local attractions have taken the decision to close today in the interests of public safety.

Black Country Living Museum, West Midland Safari Park and Dudley Zoo and Castle will all keep their gates firmly closed as high speed winds, which could reach up to 80mph in parts of the region, prepare to batter the country.

The West Midlands is on an amber alert which means that the storm 'may cause significant disruption due to extremely strong winds' with a possibility of damage to property and the chance road and rail networks will be closed. Many public transport providers are warning against all but essential travel. Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said:

“An active jet stream is helping to drive low-pressure systems across the country, with storms set to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued. 

“Storm Eunice is expected to track eastwards from early on Friday, bringing the most significant winds to the central and southern areas of the UK, with some gusts possible in excess of 95mph in exposed coastal areas.”

Bosses at Dudley Zoo will keep animals inside their dens until winds subside. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but with a weather warning in place, we have to be sensible and the safety of our animals, staff and visitors is our top priority.

“We plan to be open as normal this weekend, but please keep an eye on the zoo’s website and social media for further updates.”

A spokesperson for West Midland Safari Park added: "We're sorry for any disappointment caused to guests who were planning on visiting, but hope that you understand that our priority is to ensure that our animals are kept safe and warm while the Park is closed.

"If you have pre-booked tickets, we'll be sending an e-Gift Voucher via email, so you can book online for another occasion. We will reassess the conditions for the weekend and hope to be back open as normal on Saturday 19th, ready for half term."

More information can be found on each attractions social media channels.


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