Storm heading for South Holland

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A storm bringing hurricane strength winds and torrential rain is predicted to hit South Holland in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Monday).

The Met Office has issued warnings of severe weather – with winds of up to 80mph predicted to last into tomorrow afternoon.

It is believed the weather could cause severe disruption and damage.

Head of Specialist Operations for Lincolnshire Police Supt Shaun West said the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum is now putting plans into action to cope with the effects of the storm – predicted to be the worst since the 1987 hurricane.

Supt West said: “In the context of public safety this is of great concern and that is why we are mobilising representatives of the emergency services overnight so that we are in a position to deal with matters and protect, as far as we can, life and property.

“If this severe weather hits as predicted there will also be a great responsibility on everyone to protect themselves and each other.”

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) is urging everyone to ensure pets are safely indoors and that potential hazards that may blow around and cause further damage or injury are secured.

It is also urging people to consider:

The impact on travel, with the possibility of significant disruption on the roads. Roads may become blocked by fallen branches.

The wind may be severe enough to blow over high-sided vehicles and caravans and blow motorbikes and bicycles off course.

Safety could be an issued if you are outdoors – be aware of the dangers of falling masonry and fallen power lines.

Supt West advised people to keep an eye on local media for updates on the situation.

He said: “They and we are there to ensure the safety of everyone so heed the advice the emergency services will be giving out through the media.

“We will keep everyone informed about incidents and conditions as soon as we know about it.”