The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for strong winds across the North West of England, which will remain in place until 3pm tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 17 October 2017.
Gusts of between 55 and 65 mph, associated with Ex-Hurricane Ophelia, will hit the North West of England this afternoon with winds of up to 80 mph in coastal areas.
Staff should plan for possible travel delays or disruption to services – especially those in more exposed locations across Cumbria.
To prepare for severe winds at your location please:
- Secure loose objects outside (recycling bins, outside furniture etc)
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of buildings and any large ‘goods-in’ doors.
- If practical, please park vehicles away from buildings, trees, walls and fences.
- If applicable, please ensure trapdoors into roof voids are closed and securely fastened.
- Avoid unnecessary journeys.
- Take extra care when traveling in a high-sided vehicle or riding a bike.
The weather may change or get worse. Staff should keep an eye on the latest weather forecasts and follow their local authorities and emergency services on social media for updates.