AMBER WEATHER WARNING
The Met Office has issued an Amber warning of wind for Storm Eunice which is in effect from 0300 until 2100 on Friday.
There is a risk that south west then westerly severe gales or storm force winds developing and an increasing likelihood of widespread inland wind gusts of 60 to 70mph, with as much as 80mph in a few locations for a time.
What to expect
- There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life
- Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
- 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 and possibly affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees
We will be issuing advice to residents via social media and e-newsletters over the next few days including signposting to the following services:
Advice and signposting for residents
If a tree has fallen in the road and is a risk to public safety call Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631
If you experience a power cut in your area, contact Power Networks UK by calling 105 or 0800 31 63 105 or ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut. For regular updates and information about individual power cuts visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk .
Residents are advised to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the Priority Service register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service here: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .
While excessive rain is not forecast, you can keep an eye on flood warnings here; https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/
We advise residents to protect their waste and recycling from the wind by placing it in a sheltered spot to prevent it from being blown away, if practical, providing it is still visible to collection staff. It is also advisable to put waste and recycling out in the morning by 7am rather than the night before on this occasion.