UK storms: Worst winds since 1987 expected as Lincolnshire Police issues advice
A major incident room has been set up as Lincolnshire prepares for its worst storms and high winds since the 1987 hurricane.
Lincolnshire Police expect "serious damage" to be caused by the extremely poor weather, which is due to hit late on Sunday evening.
Superintendent Shaun West said the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) has planned for the storms.
Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 80 miles per hour are forecast from the early hours of Monday until Monday afternoon. These winds could be even more severe over the Lincolnshire Wolds.
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He said: "In the context of public safety this is of great concern and that is why we are mobilising representatives of all the emergency services overnight Sunday so that we are in a position to deal with matters and protect as far as we can, life and property," he says.
"If this severe weather hits as predicted there will also be a great responsibility on everyone to protect themselves and each other."
Pets should be kept indoors and anything which may blow around should be secured.
Police have issued advice if the weather is as bad as forecast.
- Consider the impact of the weather on travel - you may face significant disruption if you are attempting to get to work on Monday morning or attempting to get your children to school. Schools may even need to remain closed on Monday - people should keep listening to local radio for the latest updates.
- If the weather deteriorates as predicted over Sunday night, roads may become blocked by fallen branches and trees and consequenlty become severely congested - listen to local radio which will keep you up to date wth the latest roads information.
- The wind may be severe enough to blow over high-sided vehicles and caravans and blow off-course, motor cycles, pedal cycles - simply make a judgement not ot venture out if the weather is severe.
- As well as going to work, safety at work will be an issue if you are having to work outside - is that work really necessary?
- Be aware of the danger of falling masonry; falling trees or branches; potentially unsafe walls and buildings; fallen power lines - they can get blown about and if they are live they could be lethal!
- The emphasis at this stage is on strong winds and rain and any suggestion of flooding is premature. However, listen in to local radio to keep up to date with the latest information.