Wild weather to batter south Essex for a month

Echo: Wild weather to batter south Essex for a month Wild weather to batter south Essex for a month

WILD weather is set to continue for the next 30 days with residents warned about heavy rain and strong winds.

Forecasters are warning of low pressure fronts for the next month with Southend Council warning people to stay in their homes and batten down the hatches.

A new storm is set to hit today and although not as strong as those in recent weeks, there are fears already saturated ground could lead to flooding in some areas.

Despite the concerns, no flood warnings are yet to be issued by the Environment Agency.

Tony Cox, Southend councillor for public protection, waste and transport, said: “We would advise people to take appropriate steps to secure their homes and property against the weather if it becomes more severe.

“There is potential for trees and power lines to come down as a result of high winds and for flying debris to be a danger at the peak of a storm.

“If possible, people should stay inside until the worst of the weather has passed.

“It’s vitally important to check in on vulnerable neighbours, especially if they are elderly or infirm, and take action in an emergency, calling 999 if you are in danger, or people have been injured, and follow the advice of the emergency services.”

Train firms suffered badly during the recent storms, with a number of sercvices cancelled, but they are not expecting any disruption this time around.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We have weather forecasts for us so that our responses are dependent on those.

“If there is heavy wind and rain, we have chainsaw gangs on standby and our first trains go out with engineers on them.

“If the weather is more severe, there is a huge range of things we can do – including imposing speed restrictions.”

Rail company c2c said services would be running tonight while a spokeswoman for Greater Anglia said: “We are working closely with Network Rail and together we are monitoring the situation for any potential impact on our train services.

“We will update customers should any alterations to services become necessary.”

An Essex Weather Centre spokesman said: “Further wind and rain is modelled for the remainder of the week and flooding may once again become a reality in places.

“Currently, no flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency in Essex.”

Nationally, about 70 flood alerts are in place, as well as five serious flood warnings, with that number expected to rise.

Thousands of homes were without power over Christmas and the Government has now urged power networks to cancel New Year holidays as more storms head for Britain.

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1:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

"Southend Council warning people to stay in their homes and batten down the hatches" ............ it's hard to imagine how supposedly educated adults could come out with a statement so utterly ridiculous !
"Southend Council warning people to stay in their homes and batten down the hatches" ............ it's hard to imagine how supposedly educated adults could come out with a statement so utterly ridiculous ! pembury53

2:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

InsiderEA wrote:
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk
Splice the mainbrace, batten down the hatches....
[quote][p][bold]InsiderEA[/bold] wrote: Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk[/p][/quote]Splice the mainbrace, batten down the hatches.... Nowthatsworthknowing

2:29pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Nobody can predict weather accurately 30 days in advance. Stop scaremongering - leave that to the tabloid press. Oh, you are the tabloid press I forgot...
Nobody can predict weather accurately 30 days in advance. Stop scaremongering - leave that to the tabloid press. Oh, you are the tabloid press I forgot... Jack222

2:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Jack222 wrote:
Nobody can predict weather accurately 30 days in advance. Stop scaremongering - leave that to the tabloid press. Oh, you are the tabloid press I forgot...
PMSL, get real
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Nobody can predict weather accurately 30 days in advance. Stop scaremongering - leave that to the tabloid press. Oh, you are the tabloid press I forgot...[/p][/quote]PMSL, get real Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

3:25pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Joe Clark says...

What happened to the three months of heavy snow some were saying was on it's way...
What happened to the three months of heavy snow some were saying was on it's way... Joe Clark

4:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Horace Wimpole says...

Jack222 is spot on. Just more pitiful scaremongering. Visit the met office website directly and ignore the press.
Jack222 is spot on. Just more pitiful scaremongering. Visit the met office website directly and ignore the press. Horace Wimpole

4:42pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Ilkiecat says...

Since when does life stop because of the English weather? Slow news day i think.
Since when does life stop because of the English weather? Slow news day i think. Ilkiecat

6:49pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Most of the debris flying about is supplied by the council! Those bloody blue food bins!
Most of the debris flying about is supplied by the council! Those bloody blue food bins! Alice in Her Own Land :P

7:37pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Joe Clark wrote:
What happened to the three months of heavy snow some were saying was on it's way...
......I'm still waiting for the global warming...
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: What happened to the three months of heavy snow some were saying was on it's way...[/p][/quote]......I'm still waiting for the global warming... Kim Gandy

8:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Dartford bridge closed again, join the queues.....
Dartford bridge closed again, join the queues..... Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

12:31pm Thu 2 Jan 14

LoopyLou88 says...

not windy today its sunny today :D
not windy today its sunny today :D LoopyLou88

1:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

FROM THE BBC AN HOUR AGO.....
A period of "exceptional weather" with rain, wind and high tides is set to hit the UK, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.
He was speaking after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, in which different agencies discussed the UK's response to floods.
Dozens of flood warnings are in place in England, Wales and Scotland.
The Environment Agency has also warned of possible tidal flooding in the south and west of England later this week.
It said it expects to issue severe flood warnings - indicating a danger to life - in the coming hours, most likely for the Isles of Scilly, the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wales' coastline.
Mr Paterson said the coast would be dangerous.
He said ministers were working to ensure all agencies were "absolutely prepared for the bad weather."
Cobra, named after Cabinet Office Briefing Room A in Whitehall, brings together ministers, civil servants and others such as the police and Environment Agency - depending on the nature of the emergency it is responding to.
'Highly dangerous'
The Environment Agency's head of strategy, Pete Fox, said: "We are expecting flooding along the west and south coasts of England and Wales, due to a combination of strong winds, large waves and high tides, from the early hours of Friday and into the weekend.
"Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline."
Mr Paterson chaired meetings throughout Wednesday to ensure the Environment Agency and local councils "are on the ground and offering all possible support to their communities".
"We remain in touch with local councils in at-risk areas," he said.
"With a number of flood alerts for Thursday, including several areas which have previously been flooded, I urge everyone in affected areas to sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings and follow the advice issued."
FROM THE BBC AN HOUR AGO..... A period of "exceptional weather" with rain, wind and high tides is set to hit the UK, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said. He was speaking after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, in which different agencies discussed the UK's response to floods. Dozens of flood warnings are in place in England, Wales and Scotland. The Environment Agency has also warned of possible tidal flooding in the south and west of England later this week. It said it expects to issue severe flood warnings - indicating a danger to life - in the coming hours, most likely for the Isles of Scilly, the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wales' coastline. Mr Paterson said the coast would be dangerous. He said ministers were working to ensure all agencies were "absolutely prepared for the bad weather." Cobra, named after Cabinet Office Briefing Room A in Whitehall, brings together ministers, civil servants and others such as the police and Environment Agency - depending on the nature of the emergency it is responding to. 'Highly dangerous' The Environment Agency's head of strategy, Pete Fox, said: "We are expecting flooding along the west and south coasts of England and Wales, due to a combination of strong winds, large waves and high tides, from the early hours of Friday and into the weekend. "Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline." Mr Paterson chaired meetings throughout Wednesday to ensure the Environment Agency and local councils "are on the ground and offering all possible support to their communities". "We remain in touch with local councils in at-risk areas," he said. "With a number of flood alerts for Thursday, including several areas which have previously been flooded, I urge everyone in affected areas to sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings and follow the advice issued." Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

6:58pm Fri 3 Jan 14

YInsider says...

Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk YInsider

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