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Amber weather warnings as Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice are set to batter the North East with heavy winds and rain. Gusts of wind could reach 60-70mph.
Many parts of the North East are affected:
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- South Tyneside
Storm Dudley will spread across the North East of England from Wednesday into Thursday.
Storm Eunice could bring rain and snow on Friday.
Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Meteorologist; “An active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the country, both of which are likely to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued”.
Who to contact?
Emergency: call 999
Gateshead Council Emergency out-of-hours: 0191 477 0844
Northumberland County Council out-of-hours: 0345 600 6400
Northern Powergrid www.northernpowergrid.com – call 105
Scottish Power www.spenergynetworks.co.uk – call 105
Northumbria Water: call 0345 717 1100.
Northumberland Communities Together (food supplies/essentials) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm: call 01670 620015.
Worried about a vulnerable or elderly resident? One Call: call 01670 536400.
Get the latest weather forecast
How to keep yourself and household safe:
- Stay indoors, only travel if necessary
- Bring items inside that you may believe could get damaged (if possible)
- Ensure windows are locked to avoid them blowing open
- Drains should be clear to ensure rain water can flow
- Ensure fences and gates are sturdy and safe
Thursday 17th February
8:00pm – Metro update
Tyne and Wear Metro tweet: “Key advice ahead of the storm arriving tomorrow. Check in advance for disruption and consider putting off travel if your journey is not essential. Update from Customer Services Director Huw Lewis.”
7:33pm – Latest Weather
6:30pm – Northern Powergrid update
“We are pleased to confirm that our teams have reconnected all customers affected by Storm Dudley. We are grateful to the fantastic teams of people who have worked to restore supplies to over 20,000 customers and to support all those affected.”
“That’s the good news. The bad news is that The Met Office is forecasting Storm Eunice to arrive in our region tomorrow. Winds speeds are expected to 60 to 70mph generally with potential for gusts of up to 80mph in exposed areas. Those high winds, combined with snowfall in some parts of the region do have the potential to cause some damage, so there is a relatively high likelihood that there will be some disruption to power supplies. Currently our best view is that we will start to see an impact in the late morning.”
“As and when the storm arrives, we will start to factor that into the estimates we give for power restoration. We will give initial estimated restoration times that reflect the fact that we won’t know the extent of the damage to the network. Even so, during that time, we will expect to get a lot of supplies restored by reconfiguring the network, but we will not know at that stage which customers are affected by damage that needs physical repair to restore supplies. In those early stages, we will be working hard to assess the damage so that we can provide more precise updates as the situation unfolds.”
“Anyone who spots any damaged overhead power lines or other equipment must not approach the area and should report it immediately by calling 105.
To report a power cut and find the latest information relating to a power cut please visit our website or take a look at our 24/7 social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter (@NorthPowergrid) which will provide updates for customers.”
“We are also reminding anyone who spots any damaged overhead power lines or other equipment that they must not approach the area and should report it immediately by calling 105. Our 24/7 contact centre will be available with advisors ready to provide information, advice and support to customers who call 105, the free, three-digit power cut number.”
“Customers with a disability, medical condition or very young families, who may need greater assistance during a power cut and have signed up to the company’s Priority Services Membership, will be kept updated as a priority. For any customers on our priority service register who require further support, you can contact our dedicated priority service line 0800 169 2996. Our customer support vehicles are also prepped and ready to go out into local communities, where possible, to offer help on the ground to those who need it most.”
4:00pm – Network Rail issue update to passengers
Matt Rice, North & East Route Director for Network Rail, said: “Running a railway through extreme weather is always a challenge. We have extra workers out on the network at key locations, ready to react quickly to Storm Eunice and repair the railway wherever it’s safe to do so. As the weather worsens I’d advise passengers to avoid travelling on Friday and, wherever possible, try to replan your journey when conditions improve.”
- Storm Eunice to bring widespread disruption for the railway as strong winds and heavy rain dominate the North East
- Rail passengers are advised not to travel in Yorkshire and the North East on Friday 18 February
- Extra workers ready to respond to issues at different locations
Network Rail advise passengers to not travel in Yorkshire and the North East on Friday 18 February
12:19pm – Storm Eunice could bring heavy snow
The Met Office say snow is expected and could see ‘around 5 cm of snow’.
“Snow, heavy in places, is likely to develop on the northern side of Storm Eunice as it moves across the UK on Friday.
“There is still uncertainty in the track of Storm Eunice and not all areas within the warning area are expected to see snow. However, some places may see around 5 cm of snow at low levels away from coasts.”
“Accumulations are expected to be significantly higher over hills though with 10-20 cm perhaps up to 30 cm possible above around 250 metres.
“Strong winds occurring at the same time may lead to very poor visibility, blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow.”
12:00pm – Do not travel on Friday, say TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express have urgent customers not to travel on Friday, due to the storms, which could lead to major disruptions.
Paul Watson, the Operations Director at TransPennine Express: “Storm Eunice will be the second storm to impact our services this week and it is likely to cause major disruption to train services, right across the North of England and into Scotland.
“The most important thing is that our customers and staff are kept safe, and we are urging customers not to travel by train on Friday 18 February. We are instead asking customers to make their journeys on either Thursday 17 or Saturday 19 February.
“The situation with the weather is changing all the time, and customers should continue to check our website or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”
Tickets for Friday will be accepted today and Saturday. Refunds can be given here: tpexpress.co.uk/help/refunds with no extra costs or fees.
11:30am – Met Office issue more information on what to expect
Met Office have said: “Snow, heavy in places, is likely to develop on the northern side of Storm Eunice as it moves across the UK on Friday.
“There is still uncertainty in the track of Storm Eunice and not all areas within the warning area are expected to see snow.”
“However, some places may see around 5 cm of snow at low levels away from coasts.
“Accumulations are expected to be significantly higher over hills though with 10-20 cm perhaps up to 30 cm possible above around 250 metres. Strong winds occurring at the same time may lead to very poor visibility, blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow.”
10:00am – Over 1,000 customers without power, say Northern Powergrid
9:00am – Tyne and Wear Metro hope to restore services Hebburn – South Shields by this afternoon
8:00am – No trains between North Shields and Tynemouth until Sunday
Wednesday 16th February
9:00pm – Met Office reporter gives update
Talking to The Mirror, the Met Office’ Becky Mitchell said: “With the wind gusts we are forecasting at the moment, we’ve only seen a handful of storms in the past 30 years that have brought similar gusts. It’s got the potential to be up there as quite a notable storm.
“Winds are likely to be 60 to 70mph inland across the south of the UK.
“It’s quite unusual, we don’t see gusts that high over such a wide area in the south.
“The Burns Day Storm brought similar gusts.”
8:00pm – No Metro trains running between North Shields South Shields, Pelaw & Tynemouth
Tyne and Wear Metro have issued a statement to say no trains are running North Shields to Tynemouth and Pelaw to South Shields. Bus services are accepting tickets.
6:00pm – LNER issue a statement regarding travelling
Warrick Dent, LNER Safety and Operations Director, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Friday 18 February to bring forward their travel arrangements to Thursday 17 February where possible.
“We expect services to be extremely busy in the coming days and advise customers to check our website and social media channels for the latest information.”
1:55pm – Gateshead Council issue statement:
Gateshead Council have recently issued a statement:
”With Storms Dudley and Eunice on their way, the Met Office has issued weather warnings from Wednesday to Friday. Rain and strong winds may disrupt travel networks, cause power cuts and damage trees and buildings. Please take care out there and check out [the latest] advice for keeping yourself and your property safe.”
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