Posted: Fri 18th Feb 2022

Storm Eunice: Updates gale force winds hit Flintshire

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 18th, 2022

Final Update Winds have dropped from earlier highs, we will wrap up the live updates.

Thankfully scenes seen elsewhere have not occurred locally and we have not experienced the full force of Storm Eunice.

Don’t forget the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice which may affect roads and paths in Flintshire this evening and into Saturday morning.

More here: https://www.deeside.com/met-office-issues-yellow-warning-for-ice-tonight/


17:45 – Storm has caused disruption power supplies in parts of Flintshire

SP Energy Networks say they are dealing with a number of power outages in Flintshire.

There are reports of a power cut in Broughton, Nannerch and around the Caerwys areas.

They have said: “Strong winds from Storm Eunice are causing disruption across our network.”

“This has resulted in a loss of power to customers in the North Wales, Mid Wales and Dee Valley areas.”

“Our teams are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible through remote switching and repairs.”

“We expect your power to be restored by Midnight on Friday 18th February, 2022, however where possible we will restore supplies ahead of this time.”

“If you require additional support throughout the time you are without power, please hold the line and talk to one of our team so we can help you.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.”

https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/


17:30 – First Minister says “the worst has passed”

The First Minister has said the worst has passed, in a short statement Mark Drakeford said: “The worst of Storm Eunice has passed, but there’s still an Amber Warning in force until 9pm. Significant disruption continues and many homes have no power. Please take care, avoid travel if you can, stay away from the coast and check in on vulnerable neighbours. Diolch pawb.”


17:20 – Flintshire Council update on missed bin collections

Flintshire Council has circulated the email below:

Waste Collection Update

We will return for suspended black bin collections on Monday 21 February.

Please make sure your bin your is out at the kerbside by 7am.


Return collections for suspended medical, nappy and AHP collections will take place between Saturday 19 and Monday 21 February.

Unfortunately we are unable to specify the day.

Please leave your waste out from Saturday until it is collected by the crew.


There will be no return collections for recycling or food waste.

We will collect on your next usual recycling day (Friday 25 February)


All household recycling centres will be open as usual from
Saturday 19 February 2022 9am – 5pm.


17:00 – Flintshire Bridge 

The Council has confirmed Flintshire Bridge will reopen at 6pm.


16:40 – Trains

Transport for Wales confirms services will resume on Saturday but passengers are urged to check before they travel.

Transport for Wales services have resumed today but passengers urged to check before they travel

15:20 – Flintshire flood warnings lifted

The eight flood warnings that were in place along the Flintshire Coastline and the River Dee Estuary from Sealand to Gronant. have now been listed, a flood alert remains in place for the North Wales Coast.


14:50 – Road Closed

The one-way road off Shotton Lane to Deeside Hospital is closed due to a large shed that appears to have blown onto the road.

 


14:00 – Some events and sporting activities taking a hit on Saturday.

Hearing a few junior grassroots football matches are off on Saturday, Wepre parkrun is cancelled on Saturday as well.


12:15 – River Dee, spring tide and the stormy weather has triggered 8 flood warnings.

3 local councillors checking the river levels at high tide this afternoon, Cllr’s Christine Jones, Gwyn Bullock and Norman Jones

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) still have a number of flood warnings in place along the length of Flintshire’s coastline.

These are precautionary warnings due to the potential severity of the storm and will remain in place until after high tide around midday
today.

Sealand Cllr Christine Jones posted on Facebook: “Been on Riverbank with some fellow councillors. High tide came in, nowhere near to overtopping the bank, tide changed direction now, thank goodness, so glad the bank was raised a few years ago.


11:40 – Contact numbers 

Flintshire Council’s Contact Centre 01352 702121 will be open between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Any issues with power-outages can be reported by calling 105 (Powercut 105 is a free service that will put you through to your local network operator for help and support).

Remember that if there’s an immediate threat to life during any adverse weather event, you should always call 999.

We will be updating this page throughout the day with the latest from the area.

As usual, you can send any images or information to [email protected] , or messages via our social media.


10:50 – Ice warning for Flintshire 

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice which may affect roads and paths in Flintshire this evening and into Saturday morning.

More here: https://www.deeside.com/met-office-issues-yellow-warning-for-ice-tonight/


09:30 – Hour by hour forecast for Deeside  

The strongest winds are beginning to come ashore in South Wales and South Coast on England.

An hour by hour forecast shows the peak of wind gusts in Deeside will be 1pm and 2pm

The amber warning is in place until 9pm.

Worth noting, that while Saturday looks a lot calmer in Deeside, Sunday will also see some big wind gusts from 3pm – up to 56mph

Overnight Monday and into the morning, again we will see some pretty strong winds locally according to forecasts…


07:38 – First update of the day from Flintshire Council 

Flintshire Bridge

The Flintshire Bridge will be closed between 6am and 6pm

You can now sign up to receive Flintshire Bridge Closure Alerts direct to your personal email.  To subscribe go to:   https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKFLINTSHIRE/subscriber/new?preferences=true

Council Offices

All Flintshire Connects Centres are closed.

The reception at Ty Dewi Sant is closed.

Household Recycling Centres

All household recycling centres are closed.

Schools

All schools – local authority maintained, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and foundation schools – are closed.

Recycling and Waste Collections

All recycling and waste collections have been suspended – residents who are expecting a waste or recycling collection tomorrow are asked to not place items at the kerbside and store items securely inside the property. Recycling will be collected on the next scheduled recycling day and further information will be issued about waste collections.  We plan to catch-up early next week.

Bulky waste collections operated by Flintshire Refurbs are suspended.

Nappy and AHP collections are suspended.

Social Services Day Centres

All social services day centres are closed.

Woodlands

All Flintshire woodland sites including Wepre Park and Greenfield Valley will be closed for the duration of the storm.

Emergency contact numbers

The Council’s Contact Centre 01352 702121 will be open between 8.30am and 5.30pm.  Our team will be working hard to take your calls, however, it is likely that phone lines will be busy and it may take us a little longer to answer.  If your matter is not urgent please consider waiting until next week to make contact or alternatively go to www.flintshire.gov.uk


07:38 – RAC calls on drivers to delay trips

“It’s vitally important drivers don’t set out during Storm Eunice unless it can’t be avoided.”

“It might be better to make trips today or delay them until the worst of the storm has passed.”

“Drivers who make unnecessary journeys risk putting themselves and their passengers in danger, as well as the lives of anyone who may need to help them should something unwanted happen.”

“People who can work from home should definitely do so, and we also urge people not to be tempted to drive to the coast to take photos of the extreme conditions.”


07:35 – Latest from the Met Office.

Amber Warning area, gusts will still be impactful and damaging for many, with 60-70mph gusts likely for many, and 80mph in a few places. With such severe weather impacting the UK, people should stay up to date with the latest warnings.

Red Weather Warnings are rarely issued by the Met Office, with the last one coinciding with Storm Arwen in November 2021, but you’d have to go back to March 2018 for the last Red Warning for wind before that.

The wider Amber Warning area highlights the ongoing risk of high impacts such as disruption to power, travel and other services. Damage is also likely for buildings and trees, with beach material being thrown onto seafronts.

The warnings reflect the expected track of Storm Eunice eastwards across the central portion of the UK, with the strongest winds expected to the south of Eunice.

On the northern flank of Storm Eunice, there’s a risk of snow for some in Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland. A Yellow Warning is in force for snow, highlighting possible blizzard conditions for these areas. Much of the snow will be confined to the high ground within the warning areas, with up to 20cm possible in the Pennines. There remains a risk of some snow to lower ground, although with less significant accumulations.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.”

“The red warning areas indicate a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris. Although the most exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 90mph, winds will remain notably strong further inland, with gusts of between 60-70mph for most within the amber warning area, and up to 80mph in a few places.”


07:22 – A rare red warning has now been issued for London and the SE of England, so much focus will be on there however, an amber warning, which Flintshire sits under, reflects the potential Storm Eunice has to cause widespread damage. 


07:03 – Police control already busy 


06:30 – Good Morning


04:23 – Flood alerts in Flintshire

The eight areas along the River Dee where the flood alerts are in place:

Flint

Parts of the town including the Castle Park Industrial Estate and Evans Street to Marsh Lane

Hawarden Embankment

The area alongside the Hawarden Embankment of the River Dee including Queensferry, Sandycroft, Saltney and Connah’s Quay

Northern Embankment

The area alongside the Hawarden Embankment of the River Dee including Queensferry, Sandycroft, Saltney and Connah’s Quay

Greenfield Business Park to Bagillt

Dee Bank, Boot, Whelston, Wal-wen and Greenfield business park

Mostyn Docks to Manor Industrial Estate

The communities of Greenfield and Bagillt, from the outskirts of Flint up to Mostyn Docks

Gronant to Tanlan

The area inland of the railway line from Tan Lan to Shore Road and Presthaven Sands holiday park

Ffynnongroyw

Talacre and The Warren

The community of Talacre from the gas terminal to Tyn y Morfa

Ffynnongroyw Frontage

Parts of Ffynnongroyw, including Mormant Street, Airfield Avenue and the A548

 


04:00 – Flintshire Council Update

The Council has said it is monitoring the situation here in Flintshire closely based on the most up to date forecasts and predictions.

The following services will not operate on Friday 18 February:

  • Household recycling and waste collections – residents who are expecting a waste or recycling collection tomorrow are asked to not place items at the kerbside and store items securely inside the property – all collections are suspended tomorrow. Recycling will be collected on the next scheduled recycling day and further information will be issued about waste collections. We plan to catch-up early next week.
  • Household Recycling Centres
  • Bulky waste collections operated by Flintshire Refurbs
  • Nappy and AHP collections
  • Social Services Day Centres
  • Flintshire Connects Centres
  • Ty Dewi Sant Reception
  • All Flintshire woodland sites including Wepre Park and Greenfield Valley
  • Flintshire Bridge will be closed between 6am and 6pm – You can now sign up to receive Flintshire Bridge Closure Alerts direct to your personal email. To subscribe go to https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKFLINTSHIRE/subscriber/new?preferences=true




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