On Friday, Storm Eunice brought disruptive gale force winds, with 60-70 mph winds inland and heavy rain. The Met Office issued a red wind warning for this area with risk of flying debris, disruption to power, travel and other services, potential damage to buildings and trees and beach material being thrown near coastlines.
What we were told to expect:
- There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life.
- Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.
- Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
- There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur , perhaps affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
- Large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely.
- It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.
You can use the GOV.UK flooding checker to check:
- current flood warnings or alerts
- river, sea, groundwater and rainfall levels
- flood risk in the next 5 days
Read UK Power Network's advice and how to search, track and report power cuts.
If you see a road blocked by fallen trees or branches you can let Essex Highways know on their Report It website.
If a tree is causing an issue with overhead cables, you can report it to UK Power Networks on their power cut website or call 0800 3163105 or simply 105 from a mobile number.
Recycling centres closed on Friday 18 February.
Visitor Information Centre
The Visitor Information Centre closed at noon Friday 18 February.
The Weeley Crematorium Gardens and Grounds were closed Friday 18 February and Saturday 19 February until 1pm due whilst trees were made safe.