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County council issues severe weather guidance as Atlantic storm set to hit Hampshire tomorrow
EMERGENCY crews are on high alert across Hampshire as a huge storm is forecast to hit the county tomorrow.
Hampshire County Council has published guidance for residents after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning as an Atlantic storm rolls across the southern counties on Sunday night and Monday morning.
Winds are expected to reach 80mph inland and up to 40mm of rain is predicted.
The county council said it “is geared up for the worst” and warned residents of localised flooding and disruption to road, ferry, and train journeys.
Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "If the forecast is accurate, Hampshire is in for some extreme wet and windy conditions. Our highways teams are ready with additional support from extra tree crews, gully tankers and emergency response teams on stand-by to help keep Hampshire moving, by dealing with fallen branches or trees and flooded roads.”
With winds predicted to reach up to 80mph the county council said homeowners should take extra precautions to protect their homes.
Loose items such as garden furniture should be tied down, doors and windows need to securely fastened, and cars not parked in garages should be clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
Hampshire highways emergency response teams have extra crews on standby ready to be mobilised for dealing with fallen branches or trees on the highway, flooded roads and blocked drains.
Local highway offices are planning to open in the early hours of Monday morning to support any recovery efforts.
The council’s teams of Accredited Community Safety Officers will be on hand to provide extra man power if required and adult services has a community response team ready to assist the most vulnerable if needed while property services have arboricultural teams and building maintenance staff in standby to monitor county council buildings.
Cllr Woodward added that motorists venturing out onto roads during the storm should take extra care.
“I would ask anyone who has to make a journey to take particular care in these conditions, driving with caution and at an appropriate speed and be patient and considerate to other road users,” he said.
“Sudden, very heavy downpours can lead to roads flooding quickly. Do not attempt to use fords and be extra careful driving through any road surface water as it may be difficult to judge its depth. Be patient and considerate to other road users.
The county council have recommended the following internet links and telephone numbers for people affected by the storm:
To report non-emergency flooding visit www3.hants.gov.uk/index/transport/roadproblems.htm or call 0845 603 5633 during office hours.
To stay up to date with road conditions visit www.romanse.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @ROMANSE, alternatively tune in to radio traffic bulletins.
Up to minute weather information can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk
For flooding information visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk
If anyone has concerns about any older or vulnerable people in their community during times of adverse weather, they should call 08456 035630.
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