Storm Ciara heads into Harlow

News / Fri 7th Feb 2020 am29 08:47am

Sunday: 1700 hrs

Firefighters have been called to attend incidents throughout Essex following heavy winds and rain during Storm Ciara.

By 1.30pm, Control operators had received calls to more than 50 weather-related incidents.

This morning, as well as working to make the area near Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff-on-Sea safe after a large section of roof was left hanging precariously, firefighters also managed a similar incident in The Vineyards, Chelmsford when several scaffold boards on a platform 40 metres high were also in a dangerous position.

Elsewhere at 8.43am, Braintree firefighters were called to a partial roof collapse at a property in Rayne Road, while Corringham crew members cutaway a large fallen tree which was blocking Southend Road, Corringham.

Then at 9.26am, Wethersfield firefighters helped to make a house in The Green, Finchingfield safe after a 40 foot tree collapsed onto it – taking down a power line in the process.

At 9.51am, Grays crews were then soon called to a property in Chase Way, Grays after several sheets of corrugated metal had blown loose. Firefighters worked hard to secure the sheeting back in place and remove the dangerously positioned material.

Less than half an hour later, Witham firefighters then worked to make Howbridge Road, Witham safe – after a tree had collapsed and taken down power lines along with a nearby house’s chimney.

Shortly before 11am, Southend and Leigh firefighters cleared a carriageway of the A127 at Kent Elms Corner, after a tree had collapsed.

At 11.15am, Dovercourt crews then removed a sign from a commercial property in Deanes Close, after high winds had left it hanging precariously from the first floor of the building.

At 11.53am, Saffron Walden firefighters were called to make Hempstead Road safe, after a tree fell on a sharp bend – posing a severe risk to motorists. Crews worked to clear the roadway as quickly as possible in continuing difficult conditions.





Sunday February 9th

1045 hrs

Tree fallen by Mark Hall Sports Centre

0900 hrs

Trees fallen on Maddox Road.

Weather updates from Met Office can be found here.

You can report fallen trees in Harlow to 01279 446666.


A MET Office yellow warning about Storm Ciara has been brought forward to midday on Saturday.

Previously it was thought the storm would hit Northern Ireland at about 18:00 GMT.

It is set to bring strong and possibly damaging winds, with widespread travel disruption expected, while coastal areas may be affected by large waves and potential flooding.

The warning is in place until midnight on Sunday.

Its forecast says gusts between 80-100km/h (50-60mph) are likely across inland areas.

They could reach speeds of 115km/h (70mph) and possibly 130km/h (80mph) in exposed hills and coasts.

This is the third locally-named storm of the winter season after Storm Atiyah in December and Storm Brendan last month.


From Greater Anglia

Storm Ciara warning: rail passengers advised to check before they travel

Rail passengers are advised to check before they travel on Sunday 9 February and Monday 10 February, as Storm Ciara could lead to disruption on the Greater Anglia network.

Network Rail has asked Greater Anglia to run its trains at lower speeds on Sunday which means that fewer trains will be able to run and journeys will take longer. A revised timetable will be published on the Greater Anglia website.

This approach is intended to help ensure a more resilient service during the predicted bad weather and to help reduce the chances of extra damage to the overhead lines that would cause even greater disruption.

People who live near the railway are also asked to tie down or move inside garden furniture, trampolines and gazebos which could be blown onto the railway.

Wind speeds are forecast to start at 50mph during Sunday morning, reaching gusts of up to 70 mph during the afternoon and evening, which could blow trees and debris down onto tracks and even damage overhead lines.

In the worst case scenario, if overhead lines are damaged, Network Rail might have to wait until wind speeds subside to safer levels in order for engineers to work at height or with certain machinery to make repairs – which could be as late as Monday, potentially causing delays and cancellations to the morning commute.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We’re keeping a very close eye on weather forecasts and will keep customers updated with as much notice as possible if our train services are disrupted.

“Our priority is to run a safe service for our customers and staff.”

Regular updates will be made to the Greater Anglia website, Twitter, app and journey check website.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail Anglia’s route director said: “We’re working hard to get all our resources and people in place to deal with any potential damage that Storm Ciaira might bring. In the event of damage, while every effort will be made to get the network running, we need to make sure we don’t put anyone at risk. The safety of our staff and passengers is our absolute priority. If that means delaying repairs until the gusts have gone, I am certain that is the right thing to do.

“I know if this happens it will have a big impact on everyone’s start to the week, but that’s why we’re getting a message out now, so people can prepare if the worst happens. We will work with train operators to keep you all updated over the weekend as we know more.”

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