Harlow residents offered advice as they prepare for Storm Ciaran

News / Thu 2nd Nov 2023 at 08:11am

WEATHER warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the East of England as it prepares to feel the brunt of Storm Ciarán on Wednesday and Thursday.

Alerts for the Essex coast have been upgraded to amber – indicating potential risks to life and property – from 06:00 to 17:00 GMT on Thursday.

Yellow warnings have also been placed on more central Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Buckinghamshire from Wednesday.

Forecasters said the strong winds might disrupt travel and public services.

In the event of an emergency or where there is a threat to life, dial 999.

To report flooding caused by overflowing sewers, call Thames Water on 0800 316 9800.

To report flooding from local rivers and waterways, call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188.

Where flooding is affecting roads and highways, call Essex County Council on 03456 037 631.

Residents can also contact my office via email to [email protected] and I will do everything that I can to support you.

The storm could bring winds of 60+mph and very heavy rain, causing trees to uproot and flooding in areas already saturated.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is advising people to secure their property and garden furniture and avoid unnecessary travel.

If you do have to travel, please:

  • Check for weather updates, traffic delays or road closures.
  • Adjust your driving for the conditions
  • Reduce your speed
  • Increase your distance from the vehicle in front
  • Do not drive through flood water

Read more from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Fallen trees or branches should be reported in different ways depending on the circumstances.

  • In an emergency, where there is risk to life, always call 999.
  • Fallen tree on major road not endangering life: report online to Essex Highways or call 0345 603 7631
  • Fallen tree on minor road not endangering life – 

If the tree is on private land and not blocking a public right of way, it should be reported to the landowner.

Rubbish and recycling collections will continue as normal. However, all collections will be kept under review as the storm progresses. Residents are advised to put their bins out in a sheltered position where possible and bring them straight back when emptied.

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8 Comments for Harlow residents offered advice as they prepare for Storm Ciaran:

2023-11-02 10:57:07

oh please, little bit of rain and wind and its a story for this area, was it a storm in harlow no it wasnt, get a life please

Samuel Asare
2023-11-02 11:34:46

Well done sir 👍👍👍

2023-11-02 12:01:47

It's called Autumn weather it rains and the wind gets up. Behave yourselves issuing utter bollox statements like this, my god kin jokers

Mr Grumpy
2023-11-02 14:37:28

Wet and windy weather in Autumn/Winters eve ......................... IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT !! lol

2023-11-02 16:15:24

Have you lot seen jersey and cornwall

2023-11-03 08:09:09

Have we had the storm yet?

2023-11-03 15:04:44

Weather can turn nasty anytime and anywhere. Its called MOTHER NATURE, Encase some of you haven't heard of that. Just a reminder, because we live in harlow and don't experience bad storms and because we not used to it, well think again. Always wise to be prepared for the worst, if not then that's your tough luck.

2023-11-03 15:10:21

Oh! I forgot to mention the Hurricane we had back in October 1987 and also few years ago a mini tornado in Harlow.

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