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Storm Eunice: Friday 18 February

Published: 17 February 2022
Filed under: Waltham Forest News

A severe storm is predicted to hit London on Friday 18 February. The Met Office has predicted winds could reach 70mph and there is a risk of injury, damage to property and infrastructure, and disruption to power supply or transport services. A red warning has been issued.

The situation is changing rapidly. We recommend that you check the Met Office website for the latest weather updates.

The Council is working with partners to make sure the borough is prepared. We want residents to be as safe as possible.

Parks and Walthamstow Wetlands

Parks in Waltham Forest and Walthamstow Wetlands will be closed all day on Friday 18 February.  As high winds are also forecast for the weekend and early next week we recommend checking for updates before visiting.

Simple steps you can take

Please see below some simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your family, and your property protected:

Before the storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those facing South or West, and large doors like those on garage.
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of trees, walls, and fences
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts.
  • Ensure that any storm shutters you may have over windows are closed and fastened.
  • If possible, check that elderly or vulnerable neighbours’ houses are as secure as possible and that they are safe.

During the storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible If you must go out, avoid walking or sheltering close to buildings and trees.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
  • Do not drive unless your journey is absolutely necessary. If using exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.

After the storm

  • Do not touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging – see also advice from UK Power Networks below.
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings, or trees as they could have been weakened
  • If your property or belongings have been damaged, contact your insurers urgently. If you are a private rented tenant and your home is damaged contact your landlord
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs or contact insurers.

UK Power Networks has organised additional staff in their contact centre. More engineers on the ground will be available to help customers whose electricity supply is affected by the weather.

Residents can access regular updates and information about individual power cuts by visiting the UK Power Networks website. You can also get general updates through their Twitter account @UKPowerNetworks

What to do if you experience a power cut

  • Visit the UK Power Network website and type in your postcode to view a live power cut map, with details of individual power cuts.
  • Call 105 free of charge to speak to the customer service team or report a power cut or damage to the electricity network.
  • Tweet @UKPowerNetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates. 
  • If residents see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public, they should call 999.

UK Power Networks provide extra help to customers on their Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity can join the register. 

More information about the Priority Service can be found on the UK Power Networks website.

Need more advice?

If you need extra support, or the weather causes an issue in your area, you can call the Council on 020 8496 3000.