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Press Release

Monday 23 December 2013

Be prepared for severe weather

Fareham Borough Council is advising residents to be prepared for severe weather during the Christmas period. The following information comes from the Met Office:

 

Rain

Rain will continue throughout the afternoon and into tonight. During this 24 hour period we are expecting to see 20-40 mm, some parts of Hampshire could see as much as 50-60 mm of rain or more. This could lead to some surface water and river flooding.

The Met Office have issued Amber warnings for Rain and flooding for Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

 

Wind

The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds. The strongest winds are expected to be across the South tonight with gusts of 65-75 mph inland and as high as 75-85 mph along exposed coasts. These winds could lead to disruption to transport and damage to infrastructure and trees. The additional concern at this time of year is for outside Christmas trees and decorations.

 

The Met Office have issued an Amber wind warning to cover the strongest winds between midnight tonight and 6 am tomorrow across SE Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

 

The Met Office warnings can be viewed at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map External Hyperlink.

 

Tuesday Market

Tomorrow's market in West Street, Fareham has been cancelled.

 

Hill Head Gabions

As a safety precaution, fencing has been put up around a section of footpath that runs in front of the beach huts at Hill Head.

 

Fareham Borough Council's emergency planning team have met today to ensure that we are as prepared as we can be.

 

Due to the severe weather conditions, any unnecessary travel should be avoided.

Please listen to listen to local BBC Radio Solent, check Fareham Borough Council's website or follow Fareham Borough Council on Twitter  External Hyperlinkor Facebook External Hyperlink to receive further updates.

 

ENDS

For further information contact:

Contact details: Lindsey Ansell, Head of Corporate Services, 01329 824567

fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk

This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases

 

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