Severe storm forecast for Sunday night/Monday morning

Published: Friday 25th October 13

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for London and the south east with gale force winds and heavy downpours forecast for late on Sunday night stretching into the early hours of Monday morning.

The public is now being warned to expect the possibility of structural damage to buildings, a risk from falling trees or branches and also from flying debris.

The stormy weather could have a serious effect on the transport network as people travel to work on Monday morning. There is also a risk that power supplies could be disrupted.

As well as damage from high winds, people are also being warned to expect flash flooding in some areas.

In order to minimise the potential impact of the storm people are being urged to take some sensible precautions. These include:

  • Securing or putting away any loose objects such as ladders, outside furniture or anything else that could be blown around by the wind.
  • Closing and securely fastening all external doors and windows.
  • If possible park vehicles in a garage. If you can try to avoid parking under larger trees.
  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move items away from areas directly below them.

If it is necessary to be outside during the storm.

  • Try not to walk next to or take shelter close to buildings and trees.
  • Avoid going outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • Take extra care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges. If possible delay your journey until the storm is over. Particular care should be taken if you are driving a high sided vehicle or towing something.
  • When the storm has passed please remain on your guard as some walls, buildings or trees may have been left weakened and may still pose a risk.

People are being urged to check weather forecasts regularly over the weekend to keep up to date with the latest reports. For the latest weather information visit the Met Office's website

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