Strong winds expected as Storm Dudley makes way for Eunice

Plans are being put in place by the Southend Council following an amber weather warning from the Met Office for Friday February 18 as Storm Eunice is set to affect the UK.

Strong winds and gusts of up to 70mph are predicted and Southend residents are being warned of potential disruption throughout the day.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, says: “We are unfortunately facing back-to-back storms in the UK this week, with Storm Dudley currently affecting the town, and Storm Eunice expected on Friday.

“With such strong winds anticipated, it is likely that there will be disruption across the town, with trees potentially falling for example, or debris flying around, so we are urging residents to approach the day cautiously.

“Our resilience team is carefully monitoring the Met Office forecasts and information as the wind predictions could change and move into next week. We encourage everyone to monitor the Met Office website, follow our social media feeds for any up-to-date information, and stay safe if out and about. Please consider how your recycling and waste containers are presented for collection, particularly if strong winds are expected on your collection day.

“We will closely monitor wind strength on Friday and will take a decision on the day if we need to close the Pier for example. We are also prepared to work with our partners and contractors to put traffic management measures in place if they are required and a multi-agency task group has been set up to deal with any challenges if and when they arise.

“We are also aware that we are currently hosting the Southend LuminoCity Festival of Light in the town centre. Should there be any issues with any of the installations we will inform everyone accordingly. This will be clearly advertised through the council’s social media channels.”

If you need to report an issue on Friday, such as a fallen tree or highway obstruction, please call out of hours on 01702 215000.

Follow @metoffice or visit www.metoffice.gov.uk for weather updates and @SouthendBC for council updates.

Mick Ferris

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