Emergency services open major incident room ahead of storm force winds

Lincolnshire Police

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Lincolnshire’s multi-agency Resilience Forum will be opening their major incident room this evening (Sunday) in anticipation of the possible damage caused by tonight’s forecast storm force winds.

Head of Specialist Operations for Lincolnshire Police, Superintendent Shaun West says the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) plans carefully for storms such as the one anticipated overnight Sunday into Monday and are now working together to put those into action.

The Meteorological Office has issued warnings of severe weather in the form of heavy rain and very strong winds - up to 80 mph is forecast - from the early hours of Monday morning until early afternoon on Monday.

Superintendent West says the Met Office is predicting even stronger winds than 80 mph over high ground including the Lincolnshire Wolds.

“In the context of public safety this is of great concern and that is why we are mobilising representatives of all the emergency services overnight Sunday so that we are in a position to deal with matters and protect as far as we can, life and property,” he said.

“If this severe weather hits as predicted there will also be a great responsibility on everyone to protect themselves and each other.”

The LRF is urging everyone to ensure people and pets are safely indoors and that potential hazards, which may blow around and cause futher damage or injury, are secured.

Superintendent West says that the predicted wind speeds - which are infrequent in the United Kingdom - can be extremely dangerous and cause significant damage to property, disrupt transport, power supplies, telecommunications and other important services.

They have urged people to consider the impact of weather on travel and the school run.

The wind may also fell trees and could be severe enough to blow over high-sided vehicles and caravans and blow off-course motorcycles and pedal cycles -

They added that people should be mindful of falling masonry and branches, as wll as power lines.

It is thought the biggest risk of disruption will come from the winds, but the emergency services have advised people to keep up to date, as the flooding risk may rise.

Superintendent West added: “Listen to your local radio station. They and we are there to ensure the safety of everyone so heed the advice the emergency services will be giving out through the media.

“We will keep everyone informed about incidents and conditions as soon as we know about it.”