Residents urged to be aware after weather warning issued

Friday, 27 April, 2018

Tendring residents are encouraged to be weather aware this weekend after a severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office.

The yellow warning for rain covers the East of England from 9pm on Sunday, April 29 until 11.50pm the following day.

While there is currently only a low likelihood of the bad weather hitting, if the stormy conditions do arrive then it could have a medium impact. Forecasters say there could be up to 70mm (2¾ inches) of heavy and persistent rain in the wettest areas, and gusty winds of up to 50mph.

This could, if the full effect of the weather occurs, lead to travel disruption, surface water flooding, wave overtopping and blown debris.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member responsible for Emergency Planning, urged people to keep an eye on the forecast over the weekend.

“While we are not anticipating wide-spread issues as a result of this potential bad weather, it could have quite a localised impact on areas which feel the full force of the wind and rain,” she said.

“After a harsh winter we’ve been treated to a balmy April, with some days the warmest on record for the month in almost 70 years.

“As a result you may have been tempted to put out your garden furniture or leave summer items outside – but with gusty winds forecast, you’re advised to put them away again for the time being so they don’t get blown around.

“Let’s hope summer comes back soon.”

People can report surface water flooding on roads via the Essex Highways website and keep up-to-date with Met Office weather warnings online here.

Last updated on: 01/05/2018 - 15:33