Royal Mail SUSPENDS deliveries in red warning areas as DHL warns of delays due to Storm Eunice

ROYAL Mail has suspended deliveries in all areas with a red weather warning as Storm Eunice batters the country.

The postal firm has warned of deliveries and delays in other parts of the country too, as the bad weather hits.

It is not the only business to see disruption today – already fast food firms like Deliveroo have had to stop their services.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "In areas for which the Met Office has issued a red warning, we have had no choice but to suspend deliveries and close our delivery offices.

"In areas covered by an amber warning, we are assessing risk based on local knowledge, and will keep services running where possible.

"We will be reviewing the situation throughout the day, while continuing to prioritise the safety of our staff and customers."

Parcel delivery firm DHL has also warned of delays because of the severe weather conditions.

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It said in a status update that parts of the UK were being affected by heavy snowfall as well as the storm.

It said: "As a result, parcels for delivery in Scotland, Wales and the South West may incur a 24 hour delay.

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"As Storm Eunice moves across the UK, further disruption to services may occur. All efforts will be made to deliver any delayed parcels as the weather improves."

The delays are the latest blow to Royal Mail customers. Earlier this year the firm warned of delivery delays in 56 postcodes because of a spike in Covid cases among staff.

Areas affected included London, Glasgow, Yorkshire and Manchester.

Royal Mail services also struggled over Christmas under the weight of extra sick days, resourcing problems and "other local factors".

Last summer's "pingdemic" also forced created problems in various parts of the country.

You can check your local post office opening times by entering your postcode on Royal Mail's online tool.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

Storm Eunice has already downed power lines, uprooted trees, closed schools and brought train lines to a standstill.

It has brought winds of up to 122mph to parts of the country – stronger than the gusts of the Great Storm of 1987.

Thousands of people have watched planes struggle to land at Heathrow in the gales, and parks and attractions across London have been closed.

Cobra is set to hold an emergency meeting today to work out a response to the storm.

Meanwhile, fast food fans have been left disappointed after Deliveroo and Ubereats stopped deliveries due to the storm.

A message on the Deliveroo app reads: "We'll be back delivering again when it is safe to do so."

 Uber Eats said: "For courier safety, our delivery service is currently unavailable due to a weather alert."

If you've been affected by the storm you might be able to claim compensation for power outages, travel and more.

Plus, here are six things every homeowner should do as Storm Eunice hits.

And find out if you could still get paid if you can't get to work in the storm.

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