Storm Ciara: The latest safety advice and how to report debris in the roads

Storm Ciara has arrived with an amber warning in place for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire from 8am until 9pm today (Sunday).

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 7:54 am
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 1:07 pm

Winds of up to 70mph are expected in the county, which is severely impacting travel.

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Passengers are warned to expect disruptions and check before they travel on railways over the weekend due to Storm Ciara. EMN-200702-164617001

Rail operators are running a very reduced service and are urging passengers not to travel unless it is urgent.

Highways England is advising motorists to take extra care on their journeys and give themselves plenty of time.

A spokesperson also said drivers should consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary.

Dozens of flights have also been cancelled.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “In the event of strong winds please do not call emergency services to report fallen trees or debris in the road.”

Instead, residents should either ring:

. Cambridgeshire County Council on 0345 045 5212 (Report online: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/)

. Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474 (Report online: https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/contact-us#Report).

The fire service added: “Please ensure items in your garden are moved into a shed or garage or secured down if they could be swept away.”

What to expect - according to the Met Office

. Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life

. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, expected

. Longer journey times and cancellations, with road, rail, air and ferry services affected

. Some roads and bridges closed

. Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

. Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.