Storm Isha is expected to bring a spell of very strong winds during Sunday evening into Monday. An amber weather warning issued for the entire county, which comes into effect on Sunday.
Below is advice provided by Cumberland Council ahead of Storm Isha:
A multi-agency response is being prepared and Cumbria Local Resilience Forum has met to ensure any response is coordinated so communities can access any help and support they need.
Among the hazards expected are strong winds, with gusts expected to range to up to 70mph along coasts. Inland areas could potentially affected by wind speeds of up to 65mph.
This could cause airborne debris and fallen trees, highway disruption and may pose a potential hazard to pedestrians, motorists and stationary vehicles.
Spells of moderate to heavy rain will add to challenging travel conditions and pose a flood risk.
At this stage, residents are asked to plan ahead and:
- Secure any loose items around your home and garden, such as rubbish bins, trampolines, plant pots and garden furniture, to minimise the risk of floating debris and damage.
- Speak in advance to vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours – advise them and ensure they are prepared in case of power outages.
- Check your torch batteries, radio and try to ensure phones are charged up in advance of the affected times.
- Park vehicles in a garage if available – otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences if possible.
- Be aware of the weather warning and avoid planning travel during this time if possible.
- If you must travel during this time do so with caution – pack your car with essentials, plan your route and listen to travel updates.
- Stay clear of coastal areas during the affected times.
- Stay away from the fells well in advance of the affected times to keep you and mountain rescue volunteers safe.
- Do not drive through flood water if coming across flooding – take an alternative route.
- Do not touch any telephone or electrical cables that may have blown down.
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- Latest weather updates please visit the Met Office
- Latest traffic updates please see Cumbria Constabulary
- In the case of immediate risk to life please call 999
- If you have concerns about your own safety and well-being, or the safety and well-being of someone you know, please call 101 or use Cumbria Police online reporting tool
- Electricity North West can be contacted on 105 for power cuts (please note only contact if your query is urgent, and those in vulnerable circumstances.
- Water supply issues contact United Utilities on 0345 672 372.
- Road issues can be reported on Cumberland Council webpage, or call the Highway's Hotline on 0300 373 3736.
- For Westmorland and Furness, report highways emergencies that require immediate attention such as a fallen tree or flooding to the authority’s Highways Hotline on 0300 373 3306. Less urgent issues, complete the highways online reporting form.
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