Heed advice of Met office in storm, urges Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged constituents to heed the advice of the Met Office after it issued severe weather warnings for the Fylde coast.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for high winds and a yellow warning for rain, both associated with Storm Doris, which will arrive on Thursday February 23.

Mr Menzies said: “The Met Office warning should not fall on deaf ears. There is no danger in taking precautions when storms hit the coast. Hopefully Storm Doris will be through the area quickly.”

The Met Office is warning that while the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.

Trees are also likely to be damaged or blown over.

Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.

All of the relevant organisations, including the Met Office, the county council and the emergency services are closely monitoring the situation.

The following advice applies:

· Put off any journeys that can be delayed and if possible stay indoors until the bad weather has passed.

· If you have to drive, take extra care when on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads and find alternative routes where possible. Drivers of high-sided vehicles should take particular care.

· Drivers are advised to allow extra time for travelling, to drive at slower speeds, be aware of side winds and be particularly conscious of the dangers posed by debris that may have blown into the road.

· In the event of any snow, expected on higher ground in the north west, clear all vehicles of snow before setting off on a journey, slow down and increase stopping distances. Keep extra clothing and a warm drink in your vehicle with you in case you get stuck.

· Some roads may be closed – follow Highways England for information @HighwaysNWEST or Lancashire County Council @LancashireCC or for breaking information about incidents on North West motorways follow the North West Motorway Police @NWmwaypolice.

· You can take extra precautions at home by ensuring that any outdoor items such as bins, ladders, and garden furniture are secured, to prevent them being blown into roads or through windows.

· Stay away from seafronts and stay alert to the risk of flooding during high tides and strong winds. Follow the Environment Agency for further information about flooding @EnvAgency or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk

For ongoing updates on the situation tune in to BBC Radio Lancashire 103.9 FM, 95.5 FM or 104.5 FM


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