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High winds warning from Hedon Emergency Planning group

THE REMAINS of Hurricane Gonzalo, which directly hit Bermuda on Friday, are currently running eastwards across the Atlantic and are expected to affect UK and Irish weather over the next 48 hours. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning yesterday relating to this.

windy scarecrowWet and windy conditions are expected from tonight (Monday 20th October) with gales affecting much of the country on Tuesday 21st October. North England, Northern Ireland, north Wales and southern Scotland may be particularly affected. Gusts exceeding 50 mph are likely inland, while gusts of up to 70 mph could occur in exposed coastal areas.

To view more details on this warning please visit the UK Met Office website:

Keeping your property safe:

As the weather warnings will continue to develop today, we suggest you to continue to monitor the news and weather updates carefully. Whilst it is currently unclear how severe the impact of this will be, here are some sensible precautions to take to keep property, and more importantly people, safe:

  • Put outdoor items away or secure them. The main danger in a storm tends to be flying debris, so it is very important to put everything – from children’s toys to barbeques – away;
  • Check fences and clear gutters, drains and ditches. This will help to minimise the risk of flying debris and allows water to drain away effectively to avoid flooding and water damage. It is also worth checking your house from the outside to ensure there is nothing which could become loose in a storm;
  • Travel with care. Surface water and spray may result in difficult driving conditions, and there may also be some fallen branches or trees. Avoid going outside at the height of any storm activity;
  • Consider pets and other animals. Animals still out in fields or paddocks should be brought in now;
  • Be prepared for loss of power. Make sensible preparations such as charging mobile phones now and having a torch at the ready. It is always safer to avoid using candles in the event of a power cut.

Fallen treeWe hope that the worst of this storm will have subsided by the time it reaches the UK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Environment and Neighbourhood Services at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have additional highways and forestry teams on stand-by over this period to deal with any issues that may arise.

You can telephone the customer service network on (01482) 393939 to report storm damage and fallen trees.

Councillor John Dennis, Mayor of Hedon,
Councillor Di Storr, Chair of Emergency Planning.

Monday 20th October 2014

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